John Camden Hotten

Julie Coleman

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199549375
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720772 | DOI:

Series: A History Of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

 John Camden Hotten

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This chapter examines John Camden Hotten's Slang Dictionary, which was published in five volumes between 1859-1874, and republished thereafter for many years. Hotten's was a dictionary of the people for the people. It is still frequently used for reference, but its contents are often unreliable, particularly the etymologies.

Keywords: slang; cant; 19th century; England; Victorian; dictionary; etymologies

Chapter.  6835 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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