We don’t usually encourage our clients to use slang in their writing, but if we ever did, we’d probably have Green’s Dictionary of Slang firmly by our sides.
It’s only the 30th slang dictionary published since 1535 apparently, which is quite bizarre when you think what an important element of spoken English slang has become.
Did you know, for example, there are 4,589 terms for drink, drinking and drunks? Or 2,183 terms for men? Or that ‘stallion’, meaning a sexual athlete, was coined by Bishop Stephen Gardiner to King Edward VI in 1553? A Bishop of all people. What would he know?
Here’s a great article from the author himself about his fab new dictionary.
It’s good to see that we’re not the only ones pulling our hair out at the seemingly unstoppable rise of buzzwords and consultancy jargon.
The public sector, at all levels, seem particularly fond of mind-numbing gobbledygook. But not any more! People are fighting back in support of plain English. Well, university and college lecturers are at least. But it’s a start:
Rise in buzzwords criticised by lecturers’ union