By Julie Coleman
This e-book keeps Julie Coleman's acclaimed heritage of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly manner within which such phrases have been recorded and labeled within the united kingdom, the us, Australia, and somewhere else, and the large progress within the booklet of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and courses to the designated vocabularies of other social teams, sessions, districts, areas, and countries. Dr Coleman describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their background. through copious instance she indicates how they forged gentle on daily life around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in big apple and infantrymen battling within the Boer and primary global Wars - in addition to at the operations of the narcotics exchange and the leisure company and the lives of these attending American faculties and British public schools.The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this publication contain spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, newshounds, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, cops, and a serial bigamist. One supplied the foundation for Robert Lewis Stevenson's lengthy John Silver. one other was once allegedly killed by means of a beef pie. Julie Coleman's account will curiosity historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the legal underworld.
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Dan Parker’s ‘Lexicon of a Fight Manager’, New York Daily Mirror (7 Jan. 1933), 22, and Turner O’Lingo’s Australian Comic Dictionary (Melbourne: E. W. Cole, 1916) are also comic glossaries rather than slang lists. See Andrea R. Nagy’s ‘Life or Lexicography: How Popular Culture Imitates Dictionaries’, Dictionaries 25 (2004), 107–21. 9 C. Alphonso Smith’s New Words Self-Deﬁned (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1919) is an example of the dictionaries thus excluded. 10 George Matsell, Vocabulum (New York: Matsell, 1859).
Headwords are presented in bold instead of block capitals. A few other minor changes are peculiar to this edition. Some tabooed terms are now spelt in full: 1872 DARN, vulgar corruption of d — n. — American. OLD GENTLEMAN, the d — l . . —American. Old gentleman, the devil . . —Military. —Sea. 1874 Flying mess, “to be in a flying mess” is a soldier’s phrase for being hungry and having to mess where he can. Tormentors, the large iron ﬂesh-forks used by cooks at sea. 01): 30 32 31 Compare fast (26) and cold coffee (30).
Smaller circuses could not compete, and audiences accustomed to the cinema became more sophisticated and less gullible. Like the glossaries discussed in Chapters 5 and 10, these lists look back to a golden age. Like the glossaries discussed in Chapters 10 and 11, they are largely American. At the end of this ﬁnal chapter is a taste of what was to become the most important inﬂuence on American and international slang in the later twentieth century: African-American music and language. The Historical Setting In the early part of the period covered by this volume, Britain appeared to be an unassailable world power.