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Leith on language: Green’s dictionary of the blue

"Green's work on the ruder end of the language spectrum feels especially current now that political debates, both home and abroad, have become so soaked in invective"

By Sam Leith   December 2016

41uk6ovby8lSay what you like about Jonathon Green: the man works his nuts off. He works his ring off. He works like a wop. Any readers who find one or all of the last three epithets offensive might be advised to steer clear of Green’s magnum opus. For he has spent over three decades collecting slang: 30 years at the coalface, by his own confession 24/7/365. And if you think “work like a wop” is offensive, why, there’s plenty more where that came from.

Green’s work on the ruder end of the language spectrum…

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