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Here's a peek at the books about language I refer to while I'm writing:
As One Mad with Wine   City in Slang   Dictionary of American Slang    
• Language •
    Latin for the Illiterati   Macmillan Dictionary of Historical Slang   Oxford Dictionary of Slang
• Language •
Shakespeare's Insults   Shakespeare's Words   Slang Through the Ages    
• Language •
Bibliography
As One Mad with Wine and Other Similes, Elyse Sommer and Mike Sommer, Visible Ink Press, 1990
City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech, Irving Lewis Allen, Oxford University Press, 1993
Dictionary of American Slang, Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner, editors, Crowell, 1980
Latin for the Illiterati: a Modern Guide to an Ancient Language, Jon R. Stone, Routledge, 2009
Macmillan Dictionary of Historical Slang, Eric Partridge, Macmillan, 1974
Oxford Book of Slang, John Ayto, Oxford University Press, 2003
Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit, Wayne F. Hill and Cynthia Ottchen, Three Rivers Press, 1995
Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companion, David Crystal, Ben Crystal, and Stanley Wells, Penguin, 2004
Slang Through the Ages, Jonathon Green, NTC Publishing Group, 1996
Other Subject-Specific Bookshelves
America in the 19th Century
Elizabethan Times
In General
Medieval Times