Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Author(s): Tony Thorne


With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions. In this fully updated fourth edition of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, language and culture expert Tony Thorne explores the ever-changing underworld of the English language, bringing back intriguing examples of eccentricity and irreverence from the linguistic front-line. "Thorne is a kind of slang detective, going down the streets where other lexicographers fear to tread." Daily Telegraph


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The fourth edition of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang is the definitive and indispensable guide to the use of slang today.

Thorne's Dictionary of Contemporary Slang has the unusual distinction of being both lively and reliable. I'm still looking (and I may be some time now that I've started flicking through the pages), but everything I've looked for is here. Respect. -- Professor Julie Coleman Professor of English Language at the University of Leicester A new edition of Tony Thorne's Dictionary of Contemporary Slang is always to be celebrated. The Ali G of slang lexicography keeps it real yet again. This is slang as it is spoken now - and nobody does it better. -- Jonathon Green author of Green's Dictionary of Slang From amazeballs to zonked, a compendious, entertaining guide to all the slang you've ever heard, never heard, or hope never to hear. After reading this book I shall never be able to look at an aardvark in quite the same way. -- David Marsh Author of For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection To anyone who ever doubted a dictionary can be a great read, look no further. Even the savviest of slang-users will be snapping up the latest additions, like 'awkward turtle' or 'tonsed up'. As ever, Tony Thorne's record of the language of the streets is as authoritative as it is irresistible. -- Susie Dent Lexicographer, Countdown

Formerly the Head of the English Language Centre at King's College, London, and currently Innovation Consultant at King's, Tony Thorne is an authority on language and culture, on which he has written and broadcast widely.

General Fields

  • : 9781408181799
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.454
  • : January 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tony Thorne
  • : Paperback
  • : 4th Revised edition
  • : 427.003
  • : 512