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