Readership: Anyone with an interest in language and culture, as well as students and scholars of English language or literature.
Julie Coleman, Professor of English Language, University of Leicester
Julie Coleman was born in Coventry and attended Finham Park Comprehensive. She studied at Manchester University and King's College London, taught at Lund University in Sweden, and is now a Professor in the School of English at the University of Leicester. She has written several books about dictionaries.
"This book offers an entertaining and informative insight into the living and ever-developing creature that is slang in the English language. The title is particularly fitting, given that the book provides a natural history of slang, i.e., how it is created, how it develops, how it adapts and survives, and how it spreads into wider use." - Forum for Modern Language Studies
"Enjoyable and succinct. Rarely, since Eric Partridge, has any scholar evinced such pleasure in the vulgar tongue... Coleman is a "top banana"." - Robert McCrum, The Observer
"Completely fascinating ... immensely enjoyable ...
Coleman's thinking lifts this book above the usual semi-disposable level of writing about rude words." - James McConnachie, The Sunday Times
"Coleman relishes slang in all its chewy, vigorous glory, and gives a sociological insight ... This book is the 'cat's whiskers'" - The Independent on Sunday
1: What is Slang?
4: Survival and Metamorphosis
5: The Spread of Slang
6: Prigs, Culls, and Blosses: Cant and Flash Language
7: Jolly Good Show: British Slang to the Twentieth Century
8: Whangdoodles and Fixings: Early American Slang
9: Bludgers, Sooks and Moffies: English Slang around the World
10: Top Bananas and Bunny-boilers: The Media and Entertainment Age
11: Leet to Lols: The Digital Age