By Julie Coleman
This booklet maintains Julie Coleman's acclaimed historical past of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly means within which such phrases have been recorded and categorized within the united kingdom, the us, Australia, and somewhere else, and the large progress within the e-book of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and courses to the specified vocabularies of alternative social teams, sessions, districts, areas, and countries. Dr Coleman describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their background. through copious instance she indicates how they solid gentle on daily life around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in big apple and squaddies struggling with within the Boer and primary global Wars - in addition to at the operations of the narcotics alternate and the leisure enterprise and the lives of these attending American schools and British public schools.The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this ebook contain spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, reporters, 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 used to be 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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Hotten’s additions are a reﬂection of his broadening sense of slang: he was moving away from the concentration on the language of criminals and the poor found in earlier slang dictionaries. ‘Illustrations of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words’ (1864) and ‘Slang Phrases’ (1878) An extremely positive review of Hotten’s dictionary in The Reader magazine encouraged the collection of additions, and the magazine published this correspondence over a period of about two months in response to a letter from the reviewer: I beg to ask you now whether you are willing to ﬁnd room for any such illustration that may be sent to you, so that you may let your other readers see them before Mr.
10 above. A series of articles in Notes and Queries discuss the possibility that Henry Sampson (1841–91), a proprietor and editor of sporting newspapers, was Hotten’s editor (Robert Pierpoint, ‘The Slang Dictionary’, Notes & Queries 260 (1914), 488; F. J. Hytch, ‘The Slang Dictionary’, Notes & Queries 263 (1915), 30–1 (and others in the same issue); C. P. Hale, ‘Racing Slang: “Pony”, “Monkey” ’, Notes & Queries 165 (1933), 177–8). The OED uses both 1873 and 1874 for this edition. 26 John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal.
Before his apprenticeship was completed, he left with his brother for the West Indies and later moved on to America where he worked as a journalist. In 1856 he set himself up as a bookseller in London, and by 1858 had become a publisher in his own right. 1 Hotten introduced various American writers to a British audience, taking advantage of an absence of copyright legislation, and wrote biographies of Thackeray and Dickens. He had stormy relationships with authors and fellow publishers, and vehemently denounced unscrupulous practices that he happily employed himself.
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936 by Julie Coleman