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posted on 08.08.2011, 14:15 by Julie M. Coleman
This paper presents a range of online dictionaries of English slang, and considers their search facilities, coverage and reliability, as well as practical factors involved in setting up and maintaining these resources. A selection of slang terms from Britain and the United States is used to explore gaps and trends in the dictionaries’ contents. The paper concludes by arguing that the best user-edited dictionaries have high editorial aspirations, and that even the worst can make a useful contribution to our knowledge of contemporary slang, which changes so quickly that a paper dictionary cannot possibly keep pace. Urban Dictionary undoubtedly has the most extensive coverage, but other sites challenge it in a number of respects.

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Coleman, Julie. Online dictionaries of English slang in Timofeeva, Olga and Saily, Tanja (eds.) Words in Dictionaries and History. Essays in honour of R. W. McConchie, Copyright © 2011, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 109 - 128

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Coleman

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John Benjamins Publishing Company

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9789027223388

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2011

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08/08/2011

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https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/tlrp.14/main

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Terminology and lexicography research and practice;14

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en

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