Hardback 366pp Illustrated
9780199571994   Product Code: 10586
To the annoyance of language purists, slang has flourished in English for centuries, providing a fascinating perspective on social and political change. Professor Coleman's entertaining history of slang draws on extensive researches in sources ranging from Old Bailey records and newspaper reports to soap operas and tweets, and it extends across the English-speaking world. The book is guaranteed, the publisher warns us, 'to teach you some new words that you should never use in polite company'.