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Author Topic: Definitive slang dictionary?  (Read 445 times)

mcdermott2

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Definitive slang dictionary?
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:08:35 PM »
Is there a definitive slang dictionary out there? I am never sure what slang is well known enough for inclusion in my puzzles.

One for-instance: does "Left-handed cigarettes" as a clue for REEFERS work?

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Re: Definitive slang dictionary?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 11:22:46 AM »
I don't know if that clue works, but certainly the word works.  I thought it was a slang for marijuana joints.  The simple clue "Joints" would work.

I don't think there's a definitive dictionary, much less a definitive slang dictionary.  The ear test is probably the best guide.  If you've heard it and used it and know what it means, go for it.

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Re: Definitive slang dictionary?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 08:27:03 AM »
When I read your post, I recalled listening to a program about a slang dictionary on NPR. I think this is the story:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6383410
The book is "Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms" by Paul Dickson. I don't know if that would be what you want. Here's the author's website:
http://www.pauldicksonbooks.com/

I sometimes use Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/). But the entries can be created by anyone; I usually find they are poor quality and have to double check them.

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mcdermott2

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Re: Definitive slang dictionary?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 02:38:01 PM »
Thank you for that. Paul Dickson's book, "Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms ", may be what I am looking for.

 

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