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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 B. E.-lists

The B. E.-lists

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(p.76) 4 The B. E.-lists
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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I
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Julie Coleman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557097.003.0005

This chapter discusses the word-lists of B. E. He is considered the Grose of his century, acting both as an antiquarian and as a cataloguer of current speech. Much of what is not from his sources shows a sensitive awareness of contemporary linguistic variation and change. His work was quickly and comprehensively pirated. B. E. made considerable contributions to the history of English in general as well as its slang. Through Grose's dictionary, many of B. E.'s entries are to be found in 18th and 19th-century word-lists, where they are commonly still presented as contemporary slang.

Keywords:   word-lists, B. E, Grose, English cant, English slang

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