Banning Cassell's

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Jun 25 09:54:14 UTC 2006

On 6/24/06, Jonathon Green <slang at> wrote:
> Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > In any case, it's pretty good publicity for the revised edition, eh Jonathon?
> It is not, I might suggest, their deity but his self-proclaimed
> representatives who move in mysterious ways. But I am duly grateful.
> As for the Guardian, well, one has friends, and as I think Truman Capote
> (I may as ever be wrong) once averred: a boy's gotta hustle his book.

I discuss the Wake County challenge (inter alia) in this Language Log post:

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