Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

Author(s): John Ayto


Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang is a fascinating and entertaining collection, packed with illustrative quotations and providing full details of origins and dates of first printed use. The text contains expressions from around the English-speaking world such as 'dork' and 'cockamamie' (North America) and 'giggle-house' and 'Jimmy Woodser' (Australia). As well as the A-Z listing of terms, the book contains a comprehensive thematic index, enabling users to home in on particular areas of interest, such as the body, food and drink, and human behaviour. Full of surprises, this is an essential read for word lovers and anyone with an interest in language.


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This book is a gab-fest. Christopher Hirst, The Independent


PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION; INTRODUCTION TO FIRST EDITION; PRONUNCIATION SYMBOLS; PRINCIPAL ABBREVIATIONS; DICTIONARY; THEMATIC INDEX; The body and its functions; People and society; Animals; Sustenance and intoxication; Articles and substances; Money, commerce, and employment; Behaviour, attitudes, and emotions; Thought and communication; The arts, entertainment, and the media; Time and tide; Location and movement; Abstract qualities and states

General Fields

  • : 9780199232055
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : January 2010
  • : 196mm X 128mm X 25mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Ayto
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 432