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Slang lexicography and the problem of defining slang

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Presented at Slang Lexicography session
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Although it is generally agreed that slang is an alternative register of the English language which negates all that is polite, pious and noble, that it is bawdy, crass, cruel, racist and sexist and yet brims with humor, color and vibrancy, within the practice of dictionary making, slang still poses a challenge. Slang items often tend to confound the category labels of lexicographers. For example, in his overview article "American Lexicology, 1942-1973", James B. McMillan identifies the funda...

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Toronto, Canada
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uuid:fd2d4042-0f65-4037-bfd3-230c6193bc1d
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ora:4920
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