The definition of slang varies, however the generally accepted definition is
of language which is very informal or much below the standard level of
education - colloquially known as 'street talk'.
Many terms start as slang, and become adopted as standard language.
Similarly, the precise meanings of slang terms varies through the ages.
Because the term slang also encompasses vocabulary not in general use, many
dialectal words may also be considered slang. However, the use of the term
'slang' applied to a dialectal word or phrase should not be considered in
any way derogatory.
The Probert Encyclopaedia slang dictionary offers a comprehensive
urban dictionary of slang covering over 24,000 English language slang and
dialect terms from around the world including country and regional specific
slang such as English slang, American slang, Jamaican slang, Australian slang,
Canadian slang, Dorset slang, Geordie slang, Cornish slang, Scottish slang, South African slang, cockney
rhyming slang, theatre slang and even British middle-class suburban slang
along with trade and sub-culture slang such as computer slang, cricket slang,
baseball slang, medical slang, astronautical slang, military slang, drug
culture slang, black-American slang (here the term 'black-American' does not
refer to a person's ethnic genetic makeup so much as that sub-culture found
within the USA which is predominantly, but not exclusively, comprised of
working-class youth with an obvious sub-Saharan ethnic influence in their
appearance) etc. Slang terms through history - such as 'Abbess', 'Abigail'
and 'Spanker' - are also included in the dictionary of slang.
The slang dictionary is fully searchable. To find a slang word or phrase,
either use the search facility at the top of the page or browse through
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A handy PDF format edition of the 2013 Slang Dictionary designed for
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