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First edition. A scholarly and immensely readable history of dictionaries and of some of the people who made them, from clay tablets to CD-ROMS, "putting a little flesh on lexicographical bones and navigating the political and linguistic debates that have shaped the tradition." The author is England's leading lexicographer of slang and jargon. Illustrations. xviii, 510 pages. paper-covered boards, dust jacket. 8vo..
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Jonathon Green is England's leading lexicographer of slang and jargon. Among his own dictionaries are the Macmillan Dictionary of Contemproary Slang, The Slang Thesaurus, Neologisms: New Words since 1960, Slang Down the Ages: The Historical Development of Slang and the Dictionary of Jargon. He also broadcasts regularly on language topics. Among his other books are three oral histories, many dictionaries of quotations and an encyclopedia of censorship.
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