twenty years of planning. Unlike static publishing, the site allows Green to continually update entries and expand his bibliography. Since its three-volume print publication in 2010, the dictionary has expanded by 2,500 entries (about half of which cover slang from the last five years). In the article quoted above, Green writes, "If I could ask for every word James Joyce uses for sex, Dickens for drunkenness, or Irvine Welsh for heroin, then so should everyone else." In his efforts to democratize our access to the history of vernacular English, Green has created an online edition that is sure to attract scholars, students, and casual users alike. Green also set out to cohesively historicize some of the terminology covered in his dictionary. On a separate Tumblr blog, Green embedded Timeglider timelines of certain lineages of slang (e.g., male homosexuality) and created a master list. These visualizations should prove to be invaluable to historians – especially those concerned with issues of presentism in historiography.
Green knew early on that his "e-book" would take the form of a website, he just didn't have the contacts. He considered getting a publisher (none of which were proving successful in the e-book market), an academic institution ("too poor"), or a business backer (too concerned with revenue). He ended up seeking a patron. A young programmer (David Kendal) volunteered his services for free, just because he was interested in the work. Green's process mirrors that of many scholars seeking to engage digital humanities in their work – a little bit of luck and a lot of effort. This dictionary qualifies as a digital history project because of its dynamic engagement with historical content, thoroughly demonstrated by the creator’s commitment to merge historical scholarship and digital technologies in creative and useful ways.
The scholarship appears sound and is updated regularly; however, the free version is entirely uncited. Relegating the bibliography to the paid version, while incentivizing, likely affects the (un)credited scholars more than it encourages subscription. The website design and interface is straight forward, though laggy when searching for terms. I especially liked the alphabetical scrolling in the browse feature. The Timeglider timelines, however, are embedded awkwardly in the Tumblr posts (the short dimensions make them difficult to use) and are not at all mobile-friendly. Zooming in and out can be slow and a few of the timelines look very crowded. The search option and the tag count were difficult to find due to so much screen space being taken up at once. Overall, the wealth of data is exciting and Timeglider is a great (albeit aesthetically outdated) tool.
My major issue with the Timeglider timelines is their lack of entry information. Besides each term and its year, no corresponding definition is available. Obviously, adding this information to each individual item would be time-consuming, and Green might not have the resources to accommodate site improvements. Users must refer back to the dictionary site to search the terms themselves. The multi-genre components of this single digital history project feel a bit disjointed because they are not linked. I would argue it is best to consolidate one’s body of work on a single platform/site – with different elements embedded or linked from one location.
In the case of Green's Dictionary of Slang, the creator might do well to link the site itself, his Timeglider timelines and Tumblr posts to one another and/or all in one place. As of now, it was up to me as the user to search on Google and