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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936

Julie Coleman


This book provides a survey of dictionaries of slang and cant (the language of thieves and beggars) in the period 1859-1936. It covers Britain, American, Australia, India, and other countries then part of the British Empire. Dictionaries by Hotten and Farmer and Henley are covered in particular detail. By the end of the period, war, the Depression, and prohibition all played a vital role in determining what type of dictionaries were being produced.

Keywords: language, slang, cant, British Empire, Hotten, Farmer, Henley, dictionaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Coleman, author
University of Leicester
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