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Slang Dictionaries: Print Sources

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Features of slang dictionaries

  • Alphabetizes slang words and phrases.
  • Duplicates are ordered by part of speech, e.g., adjective, noun, then verb.
  • Duplicates with the same part of speech are ordered by which was used first (chronological).
  • Dates: If C is included (e.g., 18C), the term was used during the entire century. The + sign indicates a term is still in use. A label like [1990s] indicates current/recent usage.
  • Other labels, in parentheses, indicate geographical usage (US) and social/cultural usage (teen).
  • Terms in small caps in an entry are also found in the dictionary.

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