Jim Davie pursued an academic career as a researcher and lecturer in Russian at the University of Portsmouth (1993-98) before moving on to work in the civil service. He has written Slang Across Societies as an independent researcher.
Slang is one of the forms of language that provides key insights into a culture's current mindset. Its lexicon and style reflect, literally, how people think and act in everyday society. Although slang has been studied from every possible linguistic, psychological, and sociological angle over the last 6 to 7 decades, I have never come across a treatment so thorough and insightful as this book by Jim Davie. Not only does it cover the historiography of slang studies in a comprehensive manner, but also provides many new avenues of research, including youth slang in criminal contexts and in digital universes. The style is is clear and engaging, and in fact I could not put the book down. It is the most important work on slang written in the last few years. It is a must read for linguists and cognitive scientists, as well as anyone interested in how language is evolving. - Marcel Danesi, Full Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Toronto