A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang

The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life

Edited by

Christopher Hutton


Kingsley Bolton

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A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang Hardback
January 2005£45.00
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Providing a description and analysis of Hong Kong vernacular Cantonese speech styles, notably the language of the Triad-dominated criminal underworld, of teenagers and of Hong Kong movies and comics, this reference text is arranged alphabetically in both Cantonese and English.


Christopher Hutton studied linguistics at the University of Oxford and Columbia University in New York. He has taught Yiddish Studies at the University of Texas in Austin and general and English linguistics in Hong Kong. He is the author of The Type-token Relation in Linguistics Theory and Linguistics and the Third Reich.

Kingsley Bolton is Chair Professor of English and Head of the English Department at City University of Hong Kong.


‘Cantonese popular literature, comic books and movies—in fact, everyday life—is incomprehensible without some understanding of slang. A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang is the one and only, covering everything from common colloquialisms to triad trash-talking.’ — Professor Frank Dikötter, author of Mao’s Great Famine

‘A very significant contribution to the field of Chinese lexicography. Will shed much light on the kind of Cantonese speech that many people know about, talk about, and use in their daily conversations yet have not considered worthy of serious scholarship.’ — Robert S. Bauer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University