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Media: 'Chavs' and others make it into the dictionary

Submitter: Mark Jones

Submitter Email: markjjones@hotmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics

Media Body: The following stories report on some of the new (and old) words included in
the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary, including the almost
ubiquitous 'chav' and 'wanksta' (a new one on me, but fills a much needed



Mark Jones

Mark J. Jones
Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
Issue Number: 16.1827
Date Posted: June 09, 2005

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