The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang
Rhyming slang is a subject of perennial interest to the general language-conscious public. This book, with entries arranged in topic areas, such as clothing, food and drink, animals, sex and illness, illustrates how rich and entertaining a language form it is. Through extensive examples, John Ayto explores the range and development of rhyming slang during its 150 year history, from the "bees and honey", "oily rag" and "Uncle Ned" of traditional Cockney rhyming slang to the popney rhyming slang of today.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 128 x 192 x 26mm | 222.26g
- 01 Jul 2003
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
About John Ayto
Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His previous books for OUP include 'The Oxford Dictionary of Slang', 'The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang', 'The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language'. His most recent book was '20th Century Words' (OUP, 1999), which was reviewed as 'An absolutely terrific book, brimming with nostalgia, thoroughly addictive and full of surprises'.
Table of contents
Introduction. Thematic sections. People and the Human Condition. The Body and Its Parts. The Senses. In the Lav. Illness. Ethnic and National Groups. Relatives and Friends. Behaviour, Attitudes, and Emotions. Sense and Nonsense. Sex. Crime and Punishment. Animals. Food and Drink. Alcohol and other Drugs. Household Matters. Clothing. Money and Commerce. Work and Its Lack. At Leisure. Sport. Gambling. Communication. Transport and Travel. Time and Tide. Location. Quality and Quantity. Numbers. Index