Eleven: Dictionaries of Crime

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

 Eleven: Dictionaries of Crime

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This chapter looks at dictionaries of cant. In other words, dictionaries of criminal language, bringing together glossaries from the farthest corners of the English-speaking world. Several of these offer help to the police in detecting and detaining criminals. They offer a new insight into the glamorized world of the gangsters and speakeasies.

Keywords: slang; dictionary; American; Britain; Australia; prohibition; Maurer; sociology; gangsters; speakeasies

Chapter.  22969 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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