By Julie Coleman
describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their historical past. by means of copious instance she indicates how they solid mild on daily life around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in big apple and squaddies scuffling with within the Boer and primary global Wars - as
well as at the operations of the narcotics alternate 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 e-book comprise spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, newshounds, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, cops, and a serial bigamist. One supplied the muse for Robert Lewis Stevenson's lengthy John Silver. one other used to be allegedly killed by way of a beef pie.
Julie Coleman's account will curiosity historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the legal underworld.
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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936 by Julie Coleman