I am pleased to announce the launch of a new project Argotopolis: the Map of London Slang. This is the product of a collaboration with the artist Adam Dant, images of whose remarkable cartography, and much more, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1L8qJDM. Our map, which features a wide range of the slang that has been generated by London and its many social ‘tribes’, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1edEymQ or here: http://bit.ly/1Gw5JneRead more
All the Timelines of Slang can be found here: http://thetimelinesofslang.tumblr.com/
This is an on-going project, and new ones will be added as and when I make them.
The most recent timelines deal with Oaths: http://timeglider.com/timeline/1c4aeb6734c835c9
Terms of Dismissal (‘I don’t care’, ‘Go away’, ‘Nonsense!’ etc.): http://timeglider.com/timeline/1cd736a70de296e8
They will be added to the tumblr asap.Read more
The great Henry Louis Mencken, atheist, sceptic, critic and commentator wrote this in 1922, entitled Memorial Service. Other than the unfortunate use of ‘savage’ (but Mencken would have no more bowed to political correctness, had he encountered it, than to any other manifestation of the ‘booboisie’), and some references to then contemporary Americans, I am hard put to see a word out of place.
Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a time when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. But where in all the world is there a man who worships Jupiter today? And who of Huitzilopochtli? In one year – and it is no more than five hundred years ago – 50,000 youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him. Today, if he is remembered at all, it is only by some vagrant savage in the depths of the Mexican forest. Huitzilopochtli, like many other gods, had no human father; his mother was a virtuous widow; he was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that she carried out with the sun. When he frowned, his father, the sun, stood still. When he roared with rage, earthquakes engulfed whole cities. When he thirsted he was watered with 10,000 gallons of human blood. But today Huitzilopochtli is as magnificently forgotten as Allen G. Thurman. Once the peer of Allah, Buddha and Wotan, he is now the peer of Richmond P. Hobson, Alton B. Parker, Adelina Patti, General Weyler and Tom Sharkey.Read more
Just added a new slang timeline to the selection. This time it’s Mental Instability: http://bit.ly/WbzK7QRead more