Historical Dictionary of American Slang

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The Historical Dictionary of American Slang, often abbreviated HDAS, is a dictionary of American slang. The first two volumes, Volume 1, A – G (1994), and Volume 2, H – O (1997), were published by Random House, and the work then was known as the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, sometimes abbreviated as RHHDAS. Both volumes used the same ISBN, ISBN 0-394-54427-7; the paperback editions are ISBN 978-0-394-54427-4 for Volume 1 and ISBN 978-0-679-43464-1 for Volume 2.

When Random House discontinued publication, Oxford University Press announced in 2003 that it would publish the two remaining volumes, Volume 3, P – S [Part 1], ISBN 978-0-19-517418-2, and Volume 4, S [Part 2] – Z [1]

Each entry includes representative quotations, including the earliest quotation using the word. HDAS is edited by Dr. Jonathan E. Lighter, of the University of Tennessee.

The HDAS is not to be confused with the DAS, the Dictionary of American Slang (1975).[2][3]


  1. ^ "Historical Dictionary of American Slang: Project History." Oxford University Press. Retrieved from the Oxford University Press website: http://www.oup.com/us/collections/slang/history/?view=usa
  2. ^ Dictionary of American slang - Harold Wentworth, Stuart Berg Flexner - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Dictionaries and Works Cited: Dictionary of Newfoundland English". Heritage.nf.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-28.