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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

8th Edition

By Eric Partridge

Edited by Paul Beale

© 1984 – Routledge

1,432 pages

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About the Book

The definitive work on slang and unconventional English, this edition is fully revised and updated by Paul Beale and includes some 500 new entries. The dictionary gives a fully documented account of English slang over four centuries and will entertain and inform all lovers of the English language.


`Massive and endlessly fascinating.' - Paul Davies, Mail on Sunday

`Endlessly fascinating: quirkish, illuminating, and instructive. To browse in it is like eating peanuts: addictive to the extreme. If one must limit an appraisal of Partridge's torrential work to but one adjective, the choice is a breeze: stupendous.' - Leo Rosten, Encounter

`Paul Beale's eighth edition preserves the emphasis and lightly worn pedantry of earlier editions and enhances the work's usefulness with a single alphabetical listing, more systematic internal arrangement of entries, and of course more recent material.' - The Year's Work in English Studies

Table of Contents

Foreward. Preface to the 8th Edition. Preface to the 1st Edition Acknowledgments. Arrangement within Entries. Dating. Bibliographical Abbreviations. Abbreviations and Signs. THE DICTIONARY. Appendix.

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