Monday, 3rd November 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Slang is ‘The special vocabulary used by any set of persons of a low or disreputable character’ (OED). Ironically for such a subject, the standard reference work is so costly that it’s beyond the reach even of persons of a middling and semi-reputable character (like me). I often want to consult Green’s Dictionary of Slang, but it’s not available on Oxford Reference Online with an ordinary library card subscription, and the cheapest copy currently on Amazon is £230.66. This is positively ‘dryfucking adj. (orig. US) infuriating, disappointing and other negatives, relevant to context. [(GDoS)] … Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of titles within the service.’