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HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873 – publisher : THE SLANG DICTIONARY; OR, THE VULGAR WORDS, STREET PHRASES, AND “FAST” EXPRESSIONS OF HIGH AND LOW SOCIETY. MANY WITH THEIR ETYMOLOGY, AND A FEW WITH THEIR HISTORY TRACED.
London : John Camden Hotten, 1864. [Third edition]. First published in 1859 as “A Dictionary of Modern Slang”, containing 3,000 examples, the present edition has more than tripled in size to include some 10,000 definitions – cant; gipsy slang; jaw-breakers; beggars’ maps and hieroglyphics; slang history; fashionable slang; parliamentary slang; military and dandy slang; university slang; religious slang; legal slang; literary slang; theatrical slang; money slang; shopkeepers’ slang; workmen’s slang; slang oaths; drunk slang; back slang; rhyming slang – and a bibliography.
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PRENDERGAST, Thomas, 1806-1886 : THE MASTERY OF LANGUAGES ; OR, THE ART OF SPEAKING FOREIGN TONGUES IDIOMATICALLY.
London : Richard Bentley, 1864. First edition. An interesting early work on the theory of language learning, recently reprinted in the Foundations of Foreign Language Teaching series. Prendergast analyses how children acquire language and draws lessons and techniques. He had fomerly been a civil servant in Madras and part of the work relates to the structure of Hindustani.
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