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This thread is for suggestions for 'other' dictionaries, in other words not your usual straight English dictionaries. This can encompass all sorts of subjects. Can you for instance recommend a music dictionary, a reverse dictionary, slang dictionary etc., I'll start off with the Cassell Dictionary of Slang by Jonathon Green (sorry no ISBN number). The following description is paraphrased from the book:


This book covers the words, meanings, and where known, the origin of slang English language words from around the world, including; Britain, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.


It includes rhyming slang, criminal slang, swear words and slang for sex, drugs and drink. Covering slang of several centuries as well as this one and cross-references thousands of words.


So do you have a dictionary you can tell us about? A Science dictionary perhaps? Music, Art, Archaeology,Technology, how about a dictionary of terms used in old or unusual crafts, like thatching, bessom making, wainwrights, etc? If you do let us know about it!

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I've got several slang dictionaries as I'm interested in historical slang. I downloaded the grandaddy of them all, Grose (1815) from the Gutenberg project which is good for late 18th and early 19th century bad words. :rolleyes: I also have a copy of Hotton dating from the 1870s which relied on Grose for a lot, but also has much updated material. The best of the modern slang dictionaires for my purposes, I think is Partridge, and I've got a copy of the 8th edition. Full title, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

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Thanks DarkStar, you have some good ones there. I don't have quite so many as you. I do have 'Dictionary of Word Origins' by Linda & Roger Flavell (ISBN 1 85626 392 4), and the companion books by the same authors, 'Dictionary of Idioms and their Origins' (ISBN 1 85626 391 6), & 'Dictionary of Proverbs and their Origins'' (ISBN 1 85626 390 8).


What about other subjects? Anyone?

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I don't have these books (not exactly dictionaries) as they are quite large and even rare, but if they are in your library reference section, have a look:

Survey of English Dialects, Harold Orton (ISBN 041518178X)

- 1st and (I think) only comprehensive survey of English Dialiect words and pronunciations, pretty impressive as it was done almost single handedly)

A Dialect Atlas of England, Clive Upton (ISBN 0709944101)

- Maps out results of SED and other sources (I think), really good for a quick overview of words used, for example look up 'path' and find all the local words mapped out.

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Thanks Cathy, they look interesting.


Afraid I will have to delay my visit to the library though as I've succumbed to a bout of 'flu. In summer, yeah :( . Not that I can't get there, just don't want to inflict this on anyone else.


That dialect book must have been Orton's life work by the sound of it. Cheers, I'm off to get my Beecham's.

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