J. Redding Ware,John Simpson: Ware's Victorian Dictionary of Slang and Phrase

Ware's Victorian Dictionary of Slang and Phrase



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Author: J. Redding Ware,John Simpson
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Published Date: 09 Jul 2015
Publisher: The Bodleian Library
Publication Country: Oxford, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9781851242627
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Acutely aware of the changes in English usage at the close of the Victorian era, the lexicographer James Redding Ware (1832-1909) decided to record for posterity new and archaic words and phrases from all walks of life, from the curses in common use by sailors and the rhyming slang of the street to the jargon of the theatre dandies. Where else would you turn to learn the meaning of 'Bow-wow mutton', 'Air-hole', 'Lally-gagging' and 'Damper'? Ware's dictionary, first published in 1909, is a treasure trove of the everyday language of the nineteenth century, showing the influence of American English on Victorian slang as well as historical and innovative words and phrases. While it presents numerous expressions now obsolete, and some terms and definitions in the idiom of the era which would not now be considered acceptable, it also uncovers the origins and meaning of many slang words still in use today. Reproduced in facsimile with an introduction by John Simpson, Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, this dictionary provides a fascinating and highly entertaining witness to the colourful history of unofficial English.