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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I1567-1784$
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Julie Coleman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557097.001.0001

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The Head-lists

The Head-lists

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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I

Julie Coleman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the word-lists of Richard Head. Although Head based his lists on Harman's, he added to it and presented it on two formats that were more accessible. Both of these lists, one alphabetized by the English term, the other by the cant, took on a life of their own and appeared in various formats for more than a century. The English-Cant list was the more popular of the two, because this suggests that users wanted to be able to produce cant rather than understand it.

Keywords:   Richard Head, English cant, English slang, word-lists

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