Green’s Dictionary of Slang (GDoS) was published by Chambers in 2010, in a traditional print format in three massive volumes. This work superseded several earlier slang dictionaries by the same author and represented the culmination of a lifetime’s work studying the English slang vocabulary, from earliest times to the present day. Despite the fact that slang is primarily a spoken-language phenomenon, by 2010 Green had assembled around 400,000 citations for slang vocabulary words and phrases, through assiduous and indefatigable research relying largely on printed sources, especially surviving early broadsheets and (later) newspapers.

Dictionary publishers have fallen on hard times in recent years. The business model for print publication of dictionaries has collapsed. Readers now prefer to search on-line sources for information about words, facts, usage, and meaning. Some people would say now, with the benefit of hindsight,...

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