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DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE. A DICTIONARY OF BUCKISH SLANG, UNIVERSITY WIT, AND PICKPOCKET ELOQUENCE.
[Here] UNABRIDGED FROM THE ORIGINAL 1811 EDITION WITH A FOREWORD BY ROBERT CROMIE COMPILED ORIGINALLY BY CAPTAIN GROSE. AND NOW CONSIDERABLY ALTERED AND ENLARGED, WITH THE MODERN CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS, BY A MEMBER OF THE WHIP CLUB. ASSISTED BY HELL-FIRE DICK, AND JAMES GORDON, ESQRS. OF CAMBRIDGE; AND WILLIAM SOAMES, ESQ. OF THE HON. SOCIETY OF NEWMAN'S HOTEL.
"The merit of Captain Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has been long and universally acknowledged. But its circulation was confined almost exclusively to the lower orders of society: he was not aware, at the time of its compilation, that our young men of fashion would at no very distant period be as distinguished for the vulgarity of their jargon as the inhabitants of Newgate; and he therefore conceived it superfluous to incorporate with his work the few examples of fashionable slang that might occur to his observation...."--from the preface.
in its several tribes, of gypsies, beggars, thieves, cheats, &c. with an addition of some proverbs, phrases, figurative speeches, &c. by B.E. gent. London, Printed for W. Hawes, P. Gilbourne and W. David [1690?] [Here]
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce [here]
"The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve. To quote the publishers of the present work"
"This more reverent title had previously been forced upon him by the religious scruples of the last newspaper in which a part of the work had appeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already had been flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books—The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, and The Cynic's t'Other. Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication."
The FOOLISH DICTIONARY
An exhausting work of reference to un-certain English words, their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use, confused by A FEW PICTURES By WALLACE GOLDSMITH Executed by GIDEON WURDZ Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, Fellow of the Royal Gibe Society, etc., etc. 1904 [Here]
THE COOK AND HOUSEKEEPER'S COMPLETE AND UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY;
INCLUDING A SYSTEM OF MODERN COOKERY, IN ALL ITS VARIOUS BRANCHES, ADAPTED TO THE USE OF PRIVATE FAMILIES: ALSO A VARIETY OF ORIGINAL AND VALUABLE INFORMATION... BY Mrs. MARY EATON.
Student Slang, here.
Another slang dictionary, this one with interesing illustrations--it also contaions a terrific and rare hobo/traveler map, annotated:
Other more standard dictionary links follow:
- A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (prescriptive)
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
- Black's Law Dictionary, a law dictionary
- Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
- Canadian Oxford Dictionary
- Century Dictionary
- Chambers Dictionary
- Collins English Dictionary
- Concise Oxford English Dictionary
- Macquarie Dictionary, a dictionary of Australian English
- New Oxford Dictionary of English
- Oxford Dictionary of English
- Oxford English Dictionary (reference description/notavailable in free full text)
- Random House Dictionary of the English Language
- Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (prescriptive)
- Webster's Dictionary
- Webster's New World Dictionary