A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: by Julie Coleman

By Julie Coleman

This booklet maintains Julie Coleman's acclaimed background of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly approach within which such phrases have been recorded and categorized within the united kingdom, the united states, Australia, and in different places, and the large development within the book of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and publications to the specific vocabularies of alternative social teams, periods, districts, areas, and countries. Dr Coleman describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their heritage. via copious instance she exhibits how they forged mild on daily life around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in long island and infantrymen scuffling with within the Boer and primary global Wars - in addition to at the operations of the narcotics alternate and the leisure enterprise and the lives of these attending American schools and British public schools.The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this ebook comprise spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, reporters, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, law enforcement officials, and a serial bigamist. One supplied the muse for Robert Lewis Stevenson's lengthy John Silver. one other used to be 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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The main list contains 5291 entries for 4481 headwords, and the supplementary lists 304 entries for 291 headwords, representing a 17 per cent increase in entries and a 13 per cent increase in headwords. Terms found at the bottom of page in the third and fourth editions are now reintegrated into the main word-list, and quotation marks around phrasal headwords are removed. 2). Significantly more new entries are labelled as school or university slang, American, archaic or dated, or as belonging to the lower classes.

There are also relatively few British criminal or tramp glossaries, in marked contrast with the period covered by the previous volume in this series. Many of the glossaries of the slang of the entertainment industries, which are grouped together in Chapter 12, could have been treated in Chapters 10 and 11. The theatre, particularly vaudeville, the circus, and the carnival, had all reached their peak by the early years Introduction 7 of the twentieth century. Their itinerant employees often lived on the edges of poverty and legality.

From Burke, the notorious Whitechapel murderer, who with others used to waylay people, kill them, and sell their bodies for dissection at the hospitals. Hotten (1865) BURKE, to kill, to murder, secretly and without noise, by means of strangulation. From Burke, the notorious Edinburgh murderer, who, with an accomplice named Hare, used to decoy people into the den he inhabited, kill them, and sell their bodies for dissection. The wretches having been apprehended and tried, Burke was executed, while Hare, having turned king’s evidence, 28 John Camden Hotten PEG-TOPS, the loose trousers now in, small at the ankle and swelling upwards, in imitation of the Zouave costume.

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