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The First English Dictionary of Slang, 1699


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John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He edited (with Edmund Weiner) the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published to great acclaim in 1989. Together with John Ayno, he is also co-editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Slang. He is a world expert on proverbs and slang, has edited dictionaries and regularly lectures and broadcasts on the English language


"An invaluable guide to the argot of seventeenth-century low London." - Peter Ackroyd "Gives us a sense of how rich a mine the English language is and how ingenious its users. Slang is eternal." - Alexander Theroux, Wall Street Journal "A fascinating insight into a bygone linguistic age." - David Crystal

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