Argotopolis: The Map of London Slang

June 14th, 2015

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: 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: or here:

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Timeline Tumblr

May 29th, 2015

All the Timelines of Slang can be found here:

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:


Terms of Dismissal (‘I don’t care’, ‘Go away’, ‘Nonsense!’ etc.):

They will be added to the tumblr asap.

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H.L. Mencken: Where is the Graveyard of Dead Gods?

January 11th, 2015

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.

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New Timeline

September 3rd, 2014

Just added a new slang timeline to the selection. This time it’s Mental Instability:

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Timeslines Continued

September 6th, 2013

New Timelines for Sexual Intercourse added:

Intercourse pt 1: The Basics:
Intercourse pt 2: Oral etc:
Intercourse pt 3: Orgasm, Fluids, etc:

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