(The Linguistics of Slang)

What is Slang? Popular definitions.

Slang as in-group language


  • High School Kids
  • DePauw University Slang
  • U.C.L.A. Slang Excerpts
  • Williamette University Slang
  • College Students
  • Berkeley High Schoolers
  • Spumonics: Italo-American slang
  • Chinook Jargon
  • American Cities,
  • Urban slang
  • Web Surfing Lingo
  • NetLingo: The Internet Language Dictionary
  • Ebonics
  • Rock Climbers 1
  • Rock Climbers 2
  • BodyBoarders
  • Mountain Bikers 1
  • Mountain Bikers 2
  • Hackers
  • Rappers
  • Truckers 1
  • Cyberpunks
  • Homeboyz
  • Cavers
  • Gays
  • Silicon Valley Slang
  • Drug Addicts
  • IPRC: Drug Street Terms Database
  • Drug Related Slang
  • Aussies
  • American Slanguages Americans
  • Bay Area Slang
  • Bayou Slang
  • Beach Speak Lexicon
  • Las Vegas Lingo
  • Louisiana Lingo
  • How to Talk Portland
  • How to Talk San Franciscan
  • Brits
  • Cockney
  • London Slang

    Historical Slang I
    Robert Greene, Cony Catching Tracts
    Thomas Dekker, Villanies Discovered by Lanthorn and Candlelight
    , The Roaring Girl
    Shakespeare, Henry V, Henry VI, Merry Wives, Love's Labour Lost.
    Slang and the Dictionary and The Vulgar Tongue,

    Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
    Victorian by Michael Crichton, Great Train Robbery
    Old-time Americana, The Old West Slang, Ye Olde English Sayings

    The Synonymality of Slang

    Slang Phonology

    Slang Morphology

    Slang Syntax, Slang Pragmatics

    Slang Lexicology
    Words and Expressions alphabetically
    The Online Slang Dictionary 1
    The Online Slang Dictionary 2
    IRC Slang Dictionary
    Jargon File Resources
    Matt Lerner's Slang Dictionary
    The Alternative Dictionaries
    Swearing in Many Languages
    The Devil's Dictionary
    Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

    Slang Varieties I
    Summary Characterizations based on corpus Conclusions
    Possibilities for Continuing Research

    ‚Tis no Disparagement to understand the Canting Terms. it may chance to save your Throat from being cut, or (at least) your Pocket from being pick‘d. Elisha Coles, 1676

    „I jammed the roscoe in his button and said, ‚Close your yap, bo, or I squir metal‘“ „The flim-flammer jumped in the flivver and faded.“ „You dumb mug, get your mittens off the marbles before I stuff that mud-pipe down your mush - and tell your moll to hand over the mazuma.“ „The sucker with the schnozzle poured a slug but before he could scram out two schamuzes shows him the shiv and said they could send him over.“ Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Mike Hammer sentences

    In this building I am giving you the dope on, there is a stone wholesaler. The mark is on the fourth. There are two ins, but both are bugged. Shell door with duster and keister. Shell door bugged. Make your in from overhead in mouthpiece‘s office as floor is clean. Use the can-opener on the back of the box to clean it. Nail the stones but blow the slum. The building is cold after ten and you have eight hours to score before a rumble. Slipt out on the mope and connect on my plant. If you want to drop your end, I will have a scratch bidder. Criminal Cant, quoted in Maurer 1986

    „The ability to understand current drug-related street terms is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, public health and other criminal justice professionals who work with the public.“ (DCDC, 1997)

    Slang is language at its most playful and creative MUCH SLANG IS SHORTLIVED, SO TRY TO ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS! (Denis Baron, 1997)