Banning Cassell's

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jun 23 13:50:43 UTC 2006

In Wake County, NC, a local Christian activist group and some parents
have challenged the school district's use of five books -- including
Cassell's Dictionary of Slang.

The news has traveled back to the UK:,,1804521,00.html

But I think the Guardian errs in saying that the school district has
"banned" Cassell's, since at this point it has only been challenged.
Seems like a ban might be forthcoming, though.

In any case, it's pretty good publicity for the revised edition, eh Jonathon?

--Ben Zimmer

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