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Order of Entries

Source:
Green's Dictionary of Slang

Order of Entries

Entries identical in spelling are ordered according to their part of speech, in the sequence noun, adjective, verb, adverb, phrase, exclamation, suffix, prefix, infix, preposition, pronoun, abbreviation. Where a noun, verb etc. has etymologically distinct meanings, these are divided up into separate entries. Within each part of speech, each word is given a superscript number to indicate that they are homographs, i.e. words with the same spelling but different etymology (e.g. dog n.1, dog n.2 etc. followed by dog v.1, dog v.2 etc.). The homographs are arranged in a chronological sequence, according to the first usage of each entry.

All entries are listed alphabetically, on a letter-by letter basis. A capitalized form will come before one without an initial capital (e.g. Cam precedes cam); a multiple-word form comes before a hyphenated or otherwise punctuated form; and an entry with parentheses is alphabetized on the full term, ignoring the brackets. Abbreviations are ordered as they would be if spelt out, e.g. & = and, Mr = mister. Terms beginning with Mc are alphabetized as Mac. Numbers are alphabetized as if written out, e.g. A-1 = A-one.