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Partridge Slang Online

2nd Edition

Edited by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

© 2013 – Routledge

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Hardback: 9780415619493
pub: 2012-12-21
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pub: 2015-06-26
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The heir and successor to Eric Partridge's brilliant magnum opus, The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, the New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English and now Partridge Online provide the definitive record of post WWII slang. Partridge Online offers readers unprecedented access to the rich world of slang.

Partridge Slang Online key features:

  • over 60,000 unique entries with full citations
  • highly discoverable content through Quick, Advanced and Faceted search
  • search refinement through adding and removing search filters and searching within results
  • explore content by Subject, Type, Place of Origin, Part of Speech and Date, or browse by A-Z
  • contextual discovery of content through automated suggestions of related entries
  • personalised login for individual users: bookmark entries, and save and manage searches
  • fully searchable Bibliographic Library
  • print, share and cite entry tools
  • contact the editors directly via email
  • includes additional content of Eric Partridge’s major works and collections of slang dating back to the 1600s.

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"For anyone looking at the history of language, Eric Partridge, who died in 1979, is one of the major individual researchers, and all reference libraries are likely to have his Slang or Catchphrase dictionaries.

While Partridge's work has been updated since his death, Partridge Slang Online brings his work online and adds considerably more to it. Based on the 2006 New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, it builds on and enhances the straight dictionary format with substantial options for research, as well as just browsing. It covers the whole English-speaking world, and like any good dictionary is inclusive of terms likely to be considered offensive or inappropriate, but is not prescriptive. Netspeak and internet memes are included, but not gestures, emoticons or L33t speak.

An attractive use of colour in the search and display screens is one of the first things to notice about this resource. Obviously a straight A-Z is available, but with headwords grouped together under the first significant word, so at first glance a search may look non-alphabetical. Entries display meanings and citations, which are taken from an enormous range of sources, from other slang and language sources to films (This is Spinal Tap, Clueless), TV series (Z-Cars, the Royle Family), novels and websearches. Amazon's Look inside the Book search has even be used!

Citations are quite modern – I searched for the good old East Midland word 'mardy' – the dictionary dates it as 1903 but the citations are from 1997 and 2002. Related words are shown at the side of the screen, which can lead to some meanderings through the dictionary.

The ability to search by theme, period, region etc is also very powerful – you search for topics such as Consumables, Bodily Functions (broken down further if you need), or Television. You can combine these and add particular decades – combining TV and bodily functions brings up Leslie Ash and Thora Hird (you can work those out for yourselves).

A couple of interesting features are that 6 of Partridge's own books are available as e-books (DRM free) to download from this site, and that there is an Ask the Editor function, where you can contact the current editors.

All the usual expected research functions are present, such as saving and printing, and you can set up individual accounts to save searches.

The database is updated every 3 years to coincide with the new print edition. Subscriptions are available to include both print and electronic versions, and are for the life of the edition, with discounts available for upgrades..

This eminently browsable work would be essential for libraries with substantial language collections and would complement the OED online." - Refer Magazine (published by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals)

'A welcome reference tool. It should interest a wide range of people seeking an authoritative online alternative to freely available resources such as Urban Dictionary for information about the use of slang in English. Recommended.' - CHOICE, August 2013

'The Partridge canon is certainly a well-used reference work here at the British Library: invaluable in documenting developments in English slang while supporting the day-to-day curatorial activity of describing, transcribing and interpreting the Library's sound recordings of vernacluar speech. Linguistic researchers and devotees of the English language will… welcome the increased flexibility provided by online access. I am sure the Partridge brand will continue to evolve and be rightly revered for years to come.' - English Today

About the Editors

Tom Dalzell -Senior Editor

Tom Dalzell is a lawyer who moonlights in an extremely serious way as a slang collector and author. Recognized as the leading expert on American slang, his most recent publications include Damn the Man: Slang of the Oppressed (2011) and Far Out Depends on Where You’re Standing (2012).

Terry Victor – Editor

Terry Victor is not only a slang collector but also an actor, broadcaster, writer and director. He has written (and acted in) more Murders on the Orient Express than Agatha Christie. Since the 1st edition of this book he has notably appeared in a BAFTA-winning movie and Punchdrunk’s acclaimed immersive theatre, and authored two stage plays: No Offence (2008), and Fragments of Ash "… a supremely intelligent and very important piece of theatre." Informed Edinburgh (2011). A Dictionary of Anglophone Rhyming Slangs is due to be published in 2013.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
REFERENCE / Dictionaries