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Crime’s slang lexicon By Mark Peters
Criminals have enriched English for centuries with vibrant, clever, often euphemistic slang terms. The insular world of criminals, the need to stay off the radar, and the disrespect for polite society make the perfect petri dish for slang.
Not coincidentally, the first window into criminal slang comes from the first slang dictionaries, published in the 16th century. British lexicographer Jonathon Green — editor of the largest English language slang dictionary, “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” which will soon be available digitally — writes that these collections were “part of a general drive to research occupational vocabularies. Archery, cooking, needlework. . . crime. Which was of course the sexy one.”