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Reciprocal links clearout

I'm currently having a huge clearout of reciprocal links, most of which were put in place 10 or more years ago. Websites that are no longer active or whose agreed link to A Dictionary of Slang appears to be missing are all being removed in order to reduce the potential damage to ranking. Please contact me if you think I've made a mistake and our agreed link still exists.

- News item added January 2021

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Glossary of Britishisms

On this page you will find a glossary of standard English expressions, idioms, names for everyday objects, places and people that you may come across that are chiefly found in Britain but aren't slang. Basically a few things English speakers not from round this parts may find baffling.

- News item added December 2020

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Dictionary Search

Recently added, albeit still in development, is the new dictionary search option, allowing users to avoid the long manual scroll through the A-Z slang pages when looking up words. Provided by Site Search 360.

- News item added November 2020

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Nadsat - The language of a Clockwork Orange

A new article added dealing with Anthony Burgess's book, A Clockwork Orange, including an introduction, short extract, glossary and further reading. Read more here.

- News item added October 2020

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New look slang dictionary!

Yes, it's finally arrived, after nearly 20 years in its old format (see image below), the new Dictionary of Slang design is here, and it's good on smartphones too! I've also taken this opportunity to do some well overdue housework, and removed many links to broken or missing external websites - unfortunately not every online resource has the staying power of a Dictionary of Slang, with over 24 years on the WWW.

Previous website design

I hope you enjoy the new Dictionary of Slang experience.

- News item added June 2020

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Happy 20th Birthday!

This year, 2016, we are celebrating our 20 year anniversary. We've been publishing one of the most popular and sucessful slang dictionaries on the WWW since 1996. We hope you have enjoyed our journey and continue to do so in the future. Thanks for your support.

- News item added 2016

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Slang Thesaurus

Visit our sister site, although still in development, a slang thesaurus, for slang, topic by topic.

- News item added 2016

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Slang in the Daily Mirror

In response to the actress's, Emma Thompson, rather unprogressive view on slang use by UK youths, the Daily Mirror newspaper asked The Dictionary of Slang for comment. View the full news article.

- News item added 2010

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Slang on Twitter

Why not follow the Dictionary of Slang on Twitter and get weekly slang tweets. Find us on Twitter at SlangDictionary.

- News item added 2009

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The UK Web Archiving Consortium

I am pleased to announce A Dictionary of Slang has been invited to assist with a collaborative experiment to archive UK websites. The project, run by a consortium of six leading UK institutions, including the British Library, is a test-bed archive. Full details available at UKWAC. Visit the listings page for the slang dictionary for this site.

- News item added 2005

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Change in terminology

Expressions previously listed as colloquial (colloq) are now indicated as informal {Informal} in keeping with the notation standards set by The New Oxford Dictionary of English. Informal or colloquial expressions are not slang pers se, but words and phrases accepted in ordinary speech and familiar conversation. They are not accepted as formal or literary. 

- News item added 2001

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In the news

Thanks must go to discerning editors of the British Press, including The Daily Mail and Sunday Times, who have previously reviewed 'A Dictionary of Slang' in their respected rags. Similarly, stateside, the U.S. press mentions include the New York Times.

Published articles often fail to come to my attention, should anyone happen across such reviews, please inform me, Ted Duckworth, with the details (we all need our egos massaging from time to time).

- News item added 2001

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Slang words and language articles

'A Dictionary of Slang' presents a new word arena. At this early stage it will remain accessible via this news page only until there are enough articles to make it worthy of its own indexed page.

- News item added 2000

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Alternative domain

'A Dictionary of Slang' has now taken the step of obtaining a dedicated domain. Unfortunately lethargy and cash flow concerns have previously prevented the purchasing of the most simple domain name choices, such as or, so for your future reference the next best option is and although lengthy, it is I hope memorable.

- News item added Dec 1999

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The Limey (1999)

Permission has been granted for the use of a selection of 'A Dictionary of Slang' on the official website promoting the recently released film The Limey. The film, by Artisan Entertainment, stars the English actor Terence Stamp and the world famous Peter Fonda and is directed by Steven Soderbergh of 'Sex Lies and Videotape' fame.

Limey - (noun) An English person. From the habit, on long journeys, of supplying lime juice to English sailors as a preventative against scurvy. Originally Australian. +1880s.

- News item added 1999

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Introduction to Slang

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