- Writing and Publishing Green's Dictionary of Slang
- Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America
- Dictionary Society of North America
- Volume 38, Issue 1, 2017
- pp. 82-95
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This report describes the process of writing, editing, and publishing Green's Dictionary of Slang and its predecessors in both print and online form. This chronology of the dictionary's production begins in the 1980s and continues through several print dictionaries of gradually increasing size, coming to an apex with the publication of the three-volume historical edition in 2010. In 2016 the dictionary was published for the first time in online form, an event that almost never happened, due to legal disputes with the original publisher and difficulties in finding a new partner for the project thereafter. We discuss how these problems were overcome and what our plans for the future of the dictionary are.