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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: Colloquialisms and Catch Phrases, Fossilised Jokes and Puns, General Nicknames, Vulgarisms and Such Americanisms as Have Been Naturalised

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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.
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Published November 15th 2002 by Routledge (first published 1936)
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Bethany Griffin
Partridge, Eric, Tom Dalzell, and Terry Victor. The concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and unconventional English. London: Routledge, 2008.

reference Type- Dictionary

Content/Scope- 2536 pages and over 60,000 entries. Includes slang from US as well as other countries.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias- author, Tom Dalzell has published multiple volumes about slang. This is the latest of multiple editions recognized for excellence.

Arrangement/Presentation- Large easy to read print (which is a good t
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Leonard Pierce
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Partridge's is the go-to book for slang reference, and the fact that it now focuses on a lot of dated or vanished subcultures makes it all the more fascinating.
Leonard Pierce
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Despite -- or maybe because of -- its heavy reliance on British slang, I like this one a lot more than Chapman's American slang book. Very detailed and well laid out.
Andrew Warwick
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll pretty much read anything and I now know where a myriad of slang terms and expressions come from thanks to this book which I think I nicked from my headmaster grandad
Meter
Notably much of the slang covered here had roots in the military. Also, given its date of publication nothing of the inernet is here.
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