JONATHON GREEN (from wikipedia)
Jonathon Green (born 20 April 1948 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire) is a British lexicographer of slang and writer on the history of alternative cultures. Jonathon Green is often referred to as the English-speaking world’s leading lexicographer of slang,[1] and has even been described as 'The most acclaimed British lexicographer since Johnson'.[2]

Quotations from A DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY QUOTATIONS compiled by Jonathon Green are dotted throughout this site with the kind permission of the writer.

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Dictionaries and Related Publications
  • Newspeak: A Dictionary of Jargon (1983)
  • The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (1984, 1992, 1995)
  • The Slang Thesaurus (1986, 1999)
  • The A–Z of Nuclear Jargon (1986)
  • The Dictionary of Jargon (1987 RKP)
  • Neologisms: a dictionary of contemporary coinages (1991)
  • Slang Down the Ages: the Historical Development of Slang (1993)
  • Words Apart: the Language of Prejudice (1996)
  • Chasing The Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made (1996)
  • Cassell Dictionary of Slang (1998, 2005)
  • Big Book of Filth (1999)
  • Big Book of Being Rude (2000)
  • Big Book of Bodily Functions (2001)
  • Talking Dirty: A Slang Phrasebook (2003)
Dictionaries of quotations
  • Famous Last Words (1979, 1997)
  • Contemporary Dictionary of Quotations (1982)
  • The Cynics’ Lexicon (1984)
  • Cassell Dictionary of Insulting Quotations (1996 Cassell, p/b 1997)
Oral Histories
  • Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground 1961-–1971 (1988)
  • Them: Voices from the Immigrant Community in Contemporary Britain (1990)
  • It: Sex Since the Sixties (1993)
Miscellaneous Publications
  • The Encyclopedia of Censorship (1990)
  • All Dressed Up: The Sixties and the Counterculture (1998)
  • Cutting it Fine: Inside the Restaurant Business, with Andrew Parkinson (2000)
  • Cannabis: A History (2002)
  • The Language Report, ed. Susie Dent (2005, 2006)
  • Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition: contributor, 'Anglophone Slang Lexicography'
  • Dictionary of National Biography, revised edition: contributor, 'Eric Partridge', 'Sapper [H.C. McNeile]'
  • Bloomsbury Good Word Guide (1988, 1990, 1994), contributing editor: Slang and Jargon entries


  1. Jump up ^ See, for example, the author biography on Green’s article " Antisemitic insults: a lexicon published in Engage, and the introduction to another audio interview, "Jonathon Green – 5th July 2007", published in The Generalist.
  2. Jump up ^ Tonkin, Boyd (28 November 2008). "Fact and fun with the stars of geek heaven". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Nick Groom "'I could say it 1,000 ways and they'd probably all offend'", Times Higher Education Supplement, 9 June 2000
  4. Jump up ^ Introduction. Green, Jonathon (October 2008). Chambers Slang Dictionary. Chambers Harrap. pp. xi. ISBN 978-0-550-10439-7. 
  5. Jump up ^ Michael Smith "Sex-for-charity slur costs 40,000", Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2000

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