Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Acknowledgements for the Online Edition

In the first place I should draw users’ attention to the Acknowledgments pages as laid out in the print edition. I remain hugely grateful to everyone whose names are included there.

For GDoS Online my first, and perhaps greatest thanks should go to Philippe Climent and his team at IDM in France. In 2012, quite unexpectedly, Philippe took it upon himself to offer me a free subscription to the program (DPS) that IDM have created and which I (as do several major reference publishers) use for the research database on which all data is collected. Without that generosity this work would almost certainly not exist.

I have no reluctance in noting again those who, during the past often highly frustrating years, have maintained their encouragement for what I have been trying to do in taking GDoS off the page and moving it on line. The lexicography of slang is by its nature a solitary path. This last five years have been exceptionally so. With their support they have all rendered it far less lonely, and I am very grateful.

I play no favourites by placing them, unsurprisingly, in alphabetical order:

In addition, indeed in pride of place as regards her contribution to research, I must once more thank Susie Ford. I have long since lost count of the number of citations she has added to the dictionary; I can only say that without her continuing dedication it would be an infinitely lesser work.

David Kendal has his own acknowledgments, but my debt to him is in proportion to the fact that without his programming skills these pages would have not been created. It is perhaps a tribute to the times, that our partnership began not in a publisher’s office but with a wholly unexpected tweet that appeared in early 2014: ‘Is anyone putting your dictionary on line?’ My answer to that question, and the proof of those skills, can be seen in this website.


I must of course first thank Jonathon Green for giving me the opportunity to work on his website in the rather queer circumstances that I first approached him, and for his patience.

I treasure the friendship of Sean B. Palmer as I do few others’. It is essentially due to him that I came to the Green’s Dictionary of Slang project, since, while I was losing my confidence and eventually interest in computing, he inadvertently stirred my interests in language, literature, and history. It is no exaggeration to say that without his patient answers to my naïve questions, his support of and input into my numerous hair-brained ideas, and his continuing interest in whatever I am working on, my life would be very different today. He has continued to provide feedback on the GDoS project throughout its development; and he also puts up with me every day. Thank you, sbp.

I also thank Daniel Gruno, Charles and Stasia Goodier, Isabell and Angi Long, James Cunningham, and Michael Mokrysz for their hospitality on the various trips to London I made during the site’s development; and Hannah Heyrich, Dana Greenberg, and family for their patience and support during a particularly trying period of the dictionary website’s development.

And my last word of acknowledgement belongs to the faceless hundreds of free software developers who created the tools which underpin this website, and the tools and resources which gave me the skills to create it, without which neither I nor this website would be where it is today.