First published in 1933, this book explores both contemporary and historical slang, focusing on the characteristics and quirks of the English and American languages. As well as looking at commonly used slang, there are sections that give the reader insight into more unusual areas such as Cockney slang, slang in journalism and slang in commerce, as well as slang used by sailors, the law and the church. The book will be of interest to scholars and the general readers who take an interest in language.
Preface; Part 1: General Considerations 1. Slang: Definition, Etymology, Synonyms, Range 2. Origin, Uses, Reasons for Use, Attitudes towards Slang 3. Characteristics of Slang: In Relation to Language in General 4. The Essence of Slang Part 2: A Sketch of the History of English Slang 1. Introductory 2. The Sixteenth Century 3. The Seventeenth Century 4. The Eighteenth Century 5. The Nineteenth Century 6. The Twentieth Century 7. Some Tendencies of the Present Part 3: Particular Aspects 1. The Affiliations of Slang 2. The Standard and Norm of Slang 3. Kinds of Slang other than the Standard 4. Oddiites 5. A Glance at Colonial Slang Part 4: American Slang 1. Introduction 2. Affiliations 3. Characteristics 4. Theorists 5. Practitioners Part 5: Vocabularies 1. English 2. Australian 3. American; Index of Theorists, Exponents, and Themes
This series reissues important selected works by Eric Partridge, covering the period from 1933 to 1968. Together, the books look at many and diverse aspects of language, focusing in particular on English. Included in the collection are a variety of insightful dictionaries and reference works that showcase some of Partridge’s best work. The books are creative, as well as practical, and will provide enjoyable reading for both scholars and the more general reader, who has an interest in language and linguistics.