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We all know language changes rapidly, but to follow along requires an historical view. Chapman's Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition, provides just what is needed to trace the language of today back to its American roots.

And make no mistake––this is a dictionary that is purely American, the place where you can trace the development of the American language, in it'
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Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 608 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Collins Reference (first published February 17th 1998)
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Yaaresse
Rating: Reading enjoyment = 2, Depth of content= 3, Functionality = 3

For advanced ESL students who can function well in English but are sometimes puzzled by a turn of phrase or reference that just makes no sense in translation, this dictionary would be a definite asset. For native speakers, there's probably not that much in it that you don't already know.

I admit to skimming the second half. I love stuff about how language evolves and idioms, but I'm not enough of a language nerd that I can sit d
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Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I haven't heard some of these in ages. A nice trip down the late seventies-early eighties lane. I particularly enjoyed the swear words. Yes, I'm twelve apparently. Loads of phrases originated in 1940, which I found fascinating for some reason. As a high school English teacher, I think this is highly valuable. My AP Lang students are getting a lesson in slang next semester.
One star off for the overly-lengthy beginning, and the simplistic navigation.
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