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Dictionary of American Slang

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  • The Dictionary of American Slang, published in 1960, listed more colloquial synonyms for “drunk” than for any other word; most of them originated in the 1920s.

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  • The Dictionary of American Slang, published in 1960, listed more colloquial synonyms for “drunk” than for any other word; most of them originated in the 1920s.

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  • "When I look at building a collection for a place like McMenamins, the emphasis is on look rather than the context," he said while thumbing through a copy of the Dictionary of American Slang.

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  • The Dictionary of American Slang shows how humorist James Thurber handled the situation by carrying the usage to its ultimate foolishness.

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  • By Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner, 1975, Second Supplemented Edition. The appendices contain some massive lists: words sorted by suffix groups (-aroo, -eroo, -roo, -oo), shortenings, reduplications (first, second and third order). These guys would have loved Wordie/Wordnik.

    Last word: Zulu, last word of supplement: zot.

    January 19, 2010