Latest! Knowbodies has been flattered by a visit from the author himself, Jonathon Green. He comments:
My thanks for the mention of GDoS. Might I, as author, make two small amendments: the book is actually published by Chambers in the UK. OUP / US are distributing it in N. America.
Perhaps more important is the fact that my book deals not merely 'English' English slang, but the entire range of 500 years of anglophone slangs, including US / UK / Eire / Australia / New Zealand / Caribbean / S. Africa.
Congratulations to Jonathon Green - I wish the book every success, and hope it gets reviewed by Nicholson Baker!
intended to publish 2 final volumes. We're still waiting for those. Next month Oxford will release Jonathon Green's three-volume Green's Dictionary of Slang (English slang, that is), which by the looks of it is a worthy successor to Eric Partridge. There's a review here that has some interesting tidbits, including the claim that there is no agreed etymology of the word "slang" itself. (I wonder if it is related to the Norwegian word "slang", which derives from English seaman's usage for "to fool or cheat", and in common parlance means filching fruit from gardens, as in "epleslang" ie. snitching apples) I do hope this major new publication doesn't mean Oxford has given up on completing the American dictionary...I will ask, and share the response with my myriad readers here.