Mr Slang, aka Jonathon Green
Jonathon Green's Chambers Slang Dictionary... contains more than 4,500 words for drink, 4,000 for drugs, 2,400 for idiots and 634 for buttocks. It covers five centuries of language from the wrong side of the tracks, but it is the youngest entries that provide some of the greatest amusement. A Giorgio Armani, for example, in rhyming slang, is a sarnie and a squirrel-kisser is an environmentalist.
To winch the dictionary onto your knee and open its pages is like entering an orchard full of strange and wonderful fruit.
A mighty tome dedicated to language's seedier denizens.
The most-acclaimed British lexicographer since Johnson has every right to blow off ("late 18th century: to boast, to brag". What did you think?) as he wraps up a new edition of this most mind-bendingly addictive guide to taboo talk.
Whether one trawls the pages of Green's dictionary or merely glances at them, rich discoveries are certain.
Jonathon Green is the nation's indefatigable lexicographer of filth, a tireless troweller in the slurry of the unsayable. His Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (1998) and Chambers Slang Dictionary (2008) are phenomenal compendia of "non-standard usages," ranging across the whole lexicon of English bar-room coinages.
Magnificent... I felt quite pale after a while at the endless catalogue of things we do to each other
Dr Johnson would have moaned with delight.