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Green's Dictionary of Slang (review)

Green's Dictionary of Slang (review) Green, Jonathon. Green's Dictionary of Slang. London: Chambers, 2010. Pp. xxxvi + 6085 3 volumes. $625.00. ISBN 978-0550-10440-3 peakers of English are endlessly inventive, and it's hard to keep up with their slang, although we encounter it everywhere, not least in artifacts of popular culture. A film like the teen horror comedy Jennifer's Body (2009) is chock full of it; familiar items abound, but there are also some you won't find in dictionaries, for instance, backdoor virgin `person who has never had anal sex', Chester `child molester', dillhole `asshat', faygo `gay male', gaylord `gay male', gummer `hick', jello `jealous', salty `attractive, awesome', and wettie `vaginal secretion due to sexual excitement'. Well, actually, one of these, Chester, is almost in all three of the big slang dictionaries: Green's Dictionary of Slang (2010; henceforth GDoS); Jonathan Lighter's Historical Dictionary of American Slang (Lighter 1994- , two volumes to date, covering A-O; henceforth HDAS); and Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor's New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (Dalzell and Victor 2006; henceforth NP). This last doesn't enter Chester, but it does have the related form, Chester the Molester, with a single quotation. Chester is great slang, casually slung at the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

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Green, Jonathon. Green's Dictionary of Slang. London: Chambers, 2010. Pp. xxxvi + 6085 3 volumes. $625.00. ISBN 978-0550-10440-3 peakers of English are endlessly inventive, and it's hard to keep up with their slang, although we encounter it everywhere, not least in artifacts of popular culture. A film like the teen horror comedy Jennifer's Body (2009) is chock full of it; familiar items abound, but there are also some you won't find in dictionaries, for instance, backdoor virgin `person who has never had anal sex', Chester `child molester', dillhole `asshat', faygo `gay male', gaylord `gay male', gummer `hick', jello `jealous', salty `attractive, awesome', and wettie `vaginal secretion due to sexual excitement'. Well, actually, one of these, Chester, is almost in all three of the big slang dictionaries: Green's Dictionary of Slang (2010; henceforth GDoS); Jonathan Lighter's Historical Dictionary of American Slang (Lighter 1994- , two volumes to date, covering A-O; henceforth HDAS); and Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor's New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (Dalzell and Victor 2006; henceforth NP). This last doesn't enter Chester, but it does have the related form, Chester the Molester, with a single quotation. Chester is great slang, casually slung at the

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Published: Jan 19, 2012

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