Norman Blakes contribution to English linguistics and, in particular, to the study of Shakespeares English has been truly impressive: his Grammar of Shakespeares Language (2002) is followed, after only two years, by the book to be reviewed here, his Shakespeares Non-Standard English. A Dictionary of His Informal Language.1 Purists may object to the equation of non-standard (title) with informal (subtitle). In his Introduction Blake readily admits that the subject matter of this dictionary is more difficult to define [than that of some other volumes in the same series] (p. 2) and he further states that the words he has included may be categorized as falling into two broad categories: those which are or started life as non-standard [e.g. words belonging to canting language and similar varieties] and those which belong to a type that is generally non-standard or at least commonly exploited at the spoken level [e.g. phrasal verbs] (p. 3).