By John Ayto
Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colourful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and occasionally with hostility. right here, John Ayto has introduced jointly over 10,000 slang phrases and words universal to 20th-century English, to supply a accomplished and hugely attractive advisor to the main outspoken nook of our language. not like so much such dictionaries, this quantity is equipped thematically, with slang phrases amassed below such headings as "the physique and its services" or "sustenance and intoxication." inside of each one part, the phrases are indexed chronologically, beginning with the century's earliest phrases and words and progressing all the way through to the current day, hence illuminating the improvement of slang and colloquial language during the last hundred years. be aware origins and different fascinating gains of utilization are given at any place attainable, as are illustrative quotations from a variety of authors. A finished A-Z index lists all phrases integrated within the dictionary, so that you can discover a specific note fast. From "five-finger undefined" to "forty-rod whiskey," this can be an authoritative and up to date checklist of slang through the English-speaking world.
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79) 9. Tiredness Tired f a g g e d (1780) British; often followed by out; from the past participle of the obsolete verb jàg tire, of unknown origin • Edward Pennell-Elmhirst: I have seldom seen so many fagged faces as on Saturday. (1883) b e a t (1832) From past participle of the verb beat; usually in the phrase dead beat m Pamela Frankau: I was too beat and hazy to take anything in. 1840) US; often followed by out; past participle of the verb tucker tire • S. W. Baker: The old bear got regularly tuckered-out.
1960) Venereal diseases pox (1503) Altered plural of pock spot, pustule; applied especially to syphilis • Jimmy O'Connor: Wally... strangled a prostitute for giving him a dose of the pox. (1976) clap (1587) Old French clapoir venereal bubo; applied especially to gonorrhoea • Adam Diment: Rocky Kilmarry is about as good for you as a dose of clap. (1967) d o s e (1914) Applied to a bout of venereal infection • Bill Turner: She's riddled with pox. I know four blokes who've copped a dose from her.
Been doing too much, that's what it is. (1952) s t o n k e r e d (1918) Mainly Australian & New Zealand; past participle of the verb stonker kill, defeat • Peter Carey: She ate heartily... only announcing herself stonkered after scraping clean the large monogrammed plate of steaming pudding. (1985) whacked (1919) Mainly British; often followed by out m John Snow: I was whacked when I arrived back in England from the MCC tour. (1976) creased (1925) Mainly US; from earlier sense, stunned, killed s h a t t e r e d (1930) • Listener.
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang by John Ayto