The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

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The successor to The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English – Eric Partridge’s magnum opus – this all-new work retains the humour and energy of its forebear, and continues the Partridge tradition for a new millennium.

The culmination of years of research, this Dictionary features sources ranging from fanzines, through movie scripts, to classic twentieth-century literature.

Unique, exciting and, at times, hilariously shocking, key features include:

  • new two-volume format, containing over 60,000 entries in 2,000 pages
  • unprecedented coverage of World English, with equal prominence given to American and British English slang, and entries included from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, Ireland, and the Caribbean 
  • new emphasis on post-World War II slang and unconventional English
  • published sources for each entry, often including an early or significant example of the term’s use in print.

Edited by Tom Dalzell, an author, lawyer and leading expert on American slang, and Terry Victor, a slang-collector actor, broadcaster, writer and director, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English  is a monumental achievement, and anyone with a fascination or passion for language will delight in the wit and intelligence of this invaluable resource.

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This is a revision of the eighth edition of Eric Partridge's The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, which is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed., Guide to Reference Books, 4th ed., Public Library Catalog, and Walford. This two- volume set differs from its predecessors in a number of notable respects. Partridge's classification by register (slang, cant, jocular, vulgar, etc.) has been rejected as "subjective and not particularly useful." A wider net has been cast in terms of selection, with Partridge's original limitation to Great Britain now expanded to encompass the broader English-speaking world, partly in recognition of the growing importance of American slang. The only real departure from Partridge's broad use-based criteria for selection is a much diminished body of nicknames. Some work has been put into correcting Partridge's errors in dating, but detailed research was not possible for every entry. Finally, having noted in their introduction the diminished value of Partridge's work following World War II, as Partridge and Beale (the editor of the eighth edition) failed to assimilate the great cultural changes of the era, the editors of this set have chosen for inclusion slang and unconventional English heard and used at any time after 1945. Entries typically use standard English for definitions, turning to slang only when it is both substantially more economical and readily understood by the average reader. The gloss for each entry includes attestations of the head word's or phrase's usage, usually in the form of a quotation. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780415259385
Branch Call Number: 427.09 P2589n 2006
Characteristics: 2 v. (xvii, 2189 p.) ; 25 cm


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