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A History of Cant and Slang DictionariesVolume IV: 1937-1984$
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Julie Coleman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567256.001.0001

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Dictionaries of Youth

Dictionaries of Youth

(p.228) Eight: Dictionaries of Youth
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Coleman Julie

Oxford University Press

Slang only becomes associated with young people in general during the period covered by this volume. The production of dictionaries of youth slang was fuelled by fears of juvenile delinquency and by the influence of ‘black’ music on white teenagers. However, many glossaries of youth slang from this period were produced as tools in marketing and advertising campaigns.

Keywords:   jive, beat generation, hippies, rock and roll, teenagers, adolescence, Beatles, disco, valley girls, slang

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