I was surfing the internet and chanced upon "The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English" edited by one Tom Dalzell. Notwithstanding the praise for the book itself, I couldn't find much about the author.
Anyhow, the books appears to be an interesting find for a linguaphile. For example, abercrombie is defined as:
a person devoted to prep-school fashions and style
(An Abercrombie is a gorgeous but terminally preppy boy (often blond) who looks like he just stepped out of the pages of A&F Quarterly.)
someone who strives at creating the impression of knowing all.
And I'm pretty sure the book teems with many more such colorful descriptions.
But when I searched the above word in other online dictionaries none of them seemed to define the word in such a colorful way.
Which then, instead of giving me goosebumps, leaves me doubtful as to the authenticity and merit of the book.
Any word maven here to comment on the merit of the book? And is this one those books that should be on every linguaphile's shelf? Thanking you in advance!
Further research gives:
The Routledge website has a potted Biography:
Tom Dalzell – Senior Editor -- Recognized as one of the leading expert on American slang, Tom Dalzell’s most recent publications include Damn the Man: Slang of the Oppressed (2011), Far Out Depends on Where You’re Standing (2012) and Vietnam War Slang: A Dictionary on Historical Principles (also published by Routledge, 2014).
His books, all slang related, can be found here https://www.routledge.com/search?author=Tom%20Dalzell.