By Julie Coleman
describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their heritage. via copious instance she exhibits how they solid mild on lifestyle around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in manhattan and infantrymen combating within the Boer and primary international Wars - as
well as at the operations of the narcotics exchange and the leisure company and the lives of these attending American schools and British public schools.
The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this publication comprise spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, newshounds, 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 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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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936 by Julie Coleman