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A DICTIONARY OF SLANG AND UNCONVENTIONAL ENGLISH
Eric Partridge.
Published by Routledge and Kegan Paul / London. 1984.
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CASSELL's DICTIONARY OF SLANG -
Jonathon Green.
Published by Weidenfield & Nicholson / London. 2005.
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PORT OUT, STARBOARD HOME & OTHER LANGUAGE MYTHS
Michael Quinion.
Published by Penguin Books / London. 2004.
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THE BIG BOOK OF FILTH -
Jonathon Green.
Published by Cassell / London. 1999.
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SLANG DOWN THE AGES -
Jonathon Green.
Published by Kyle Cathie Limited. 1994.
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A DICTIONARY OF RHYMING SLANG -
Julian Franklyn.
Published by Routledge and Kegan Paul / London. 1975.
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FRESH RABBIT- A DICK'N'HARRY OF CONTEMPORARY RHYMING SLANG -
Ray Puxley.
Published by Robson Books / London. 1998.
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CASSELL'S RHYMING SLANG -
Jonathon Green.
Published by Cassell / London. 2000.
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THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF RHYMING SLANG -
John Ayto.
Published by Oxford University Press / Oxford. 2002.
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THE SEPTIC'S COMPANION
Chris Rae.
Published by Chris Rae. 2008.
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OUTBURSTS: A QUEER EROTIC THESAURUS -
A.D. Peterkin.
Published by Arsenal Pulp Press / Vancouver. 2003.
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THE BALD-HEADED HERMIT AND THE ARTICHOKE: AN EROTIC THESAURUS -
A.D. Peterkin.
Published by Arsenal Pulp Press / Vancouver. 2001.
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FANTABULOSA - A DICTIONARY OF POLARI AND GAY SLANG -
Paul Baker.
Published by Continuum / London. 2002.
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DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY SLANG -
Tony Thorne.
Published by Bloomsbury / London. 1997.
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A DICTIONARY OF PLAYGROUND SLANG -
Chris Lewis.
Published by Allison & Busby Ltd / London. 2003.
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SLANGUAGE - A DICTIONARY OF IRISH SLANG -
Bernard Share.
Published by Gill and Macmillan / Dublin. 1997.
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FLAPPERS 2 RAPPERS - AMERICAN YOUTH SLANG -
Tom Dalzell.
Published by Merriam-Webster / Springfield, Massachusetts. 1996.
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THE SLANG OF SIN -
Tom Dalzell.
Published by Merriam-Webster / Springfield, Massachusetts. 1998.
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ROGER'S PROFANISAURUS
Chris Donald.
Published by John Brown Publishing Limited / London. 1998.
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NTC's DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SLANG AND COLLOQUIAL EXPRESSIONS -
Ewart James.
Published by NTC Publishing Group / Chicago. 1997.
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THE COMPLETE PATTER -
Michael Munro.
Published by Canongate Books / Edinburgh. 1998.
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THE BEST OF BRITISH (THE AMERICAN'S GUIDE TO SPEAKING BRITISH) -
Mike Etherington.
Published by Effingpot.com Productions. 1999.
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MACQUARIE BOOK OF SLANG - AUSTRALIAN SLANG IN THE 90s-
Edited by James Lambert
Published by Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. 1996.
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THE F-WORD -
Jesse Sheidlower
Published by Faber & Faber / London. 1999.

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THE SLANGUAGE OF SEX -
Brigid McConville / John Shearlaw.
Published by Macdonald / London. 1984.
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THE MACMILLAN DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN SLANG -
Robert L. Chapman.
Published by MacMillan / London. 1995.

 
THE MACMILLAN DICTIONARY OF SLANG -
Jonathon Green.
Published by MacMillan / London. 1995.

 
THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG -
John Ayto / John Simpson.
Published by Oxford University Press. 1992.

 
A DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN IDIOMS -
Adam Makkai/ M.T. Boatner/ J.E. Gates.
Published by Barron's Educational Series. 2004.

 
THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG -
John Ayto.
Published by Oxford University Press. 1998.

 
DICTIONARY OF CURIOUS PHRASES -
Leslie Dunkling.
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers / Glasgow. 1998.
 
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN SLANG -

Harold Wentworth / Stuart Berg Flexner.
Published by Thomas Y. Cromwell / New York. 1967.

 
SLANG AND EUPHEMISM -

Richard A. Spears.
Published by Jonathan David Publishers, Inc. / New York. 1981.

 
I HEAR AMERICA TALKING -

Stuart Berg Flexner.
Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company / New York. 1976.

 
THE CITY IN SLANG -

Irving Lewis Allen.
Published by Oxford University Press / New York. 1993.

 
A CONCISE DICTIONARY OF SLANG -

B.A. Phythian.
Published by Hodder and Stoughton. 1996.

 
COCKNEY DIALECT AND SLANG -

Peter Wright.
Published by B.T.Batsford / London. 1981.

 
THE LANKY TWANG -

Peter Wright.
Published by The Dalesman Publishing Company Ltd / N. Yorkshire. 1977.

 
THE YORKSHIRE DICTIONARY OF DIALECT, TRADITION AND FOLKLORE -

Arnold Kellett.
Published by Smith Settle Ltd / W. Yorkshire. 1994.

 
PRISON SLANG -

William K. Bentley / James M. Corbett.
Published by McFarland / Jefferson, N.Carolina. 1992.

 
BLACK SLANG -

Clarence Major.
Published by Routledge and Kegan Paul / London. 1971.

 
BRITISH BLACK SLANG -

David Sutcliffe.
Published by Basil Blackwell / Oxford. 1982.

 
LANGUAGE OF THE UNDERWORLD -

David W. Maurer.
Published by The University Press of Kentucky / Kentucky. 1981.

 
A DICTIONARY OF EUPHEMISMS -

R.W. Holder.
Published by Oxford University Press. 1995.



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