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A new edition of The First English Dictionary of Slang is a saucy survey of the rogue jargon of the late seventeenth century.

Is there a human language without birdsong in it?

Can a second language provide us with a new self?

Has any book had a greater influence on the English language than the Bible?

How much does language tell us what to see, and hence what to think?

How and why do we use things like codes, jokes and slang to mask our meanings?

Revisiting an enduring guide to battered ornaments, elegant variations and Gr8 Db8s.

In the history of reading, does progress hinge on the weird, obsolete or eccentric among us?

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a reserve set aside for thinking about the categorical inferiority of destruction to creation.

Is bilingualism a sign of vitality, or the gradual takeover of one language by another?