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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English [Hardcover]

Eric Partridge , Paul Beale
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10 May 1984 0710098200 978-0710098207 8th Revised edition
The definitive work on slang, this dictionary gives a fully documented account of slang and unconventional English over four centuries and will entertain and inform all lovers of the English language.

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  • Hardcover: 1432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 8th Revised edition edition (10 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710098200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710098207
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 6.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A most fascinating book; an archaeological museum, a veritable Madame Tussaud's of the vulgar language. It is a really epoch-making, monumental piece of work, carried out with astonishing industry and learning."-New Statesman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Vulgarity 29 Sep 2011
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This booki is invaluable to anyone wishing to be sure of the meaning of slang words and when they were in use.
It is also great fun just to leaf through at random.
A great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best 10 Mar 2011
I originally bought a copy of the book on a whim in the late 1980's. It was immediately a hit in the family, constantly being borrowed and moving from house to house. Years later the original book no longer resides in my collection and I was looking for a replacement. Nothing came close until I found a paperback version of the original 8th Edition for sale in the USA. This book is comprehensive to the point of self indulgent, never failing to amaze and amuse its readers. I am very happy to once again have a copy in my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most entertaining of dictionaries 28 Jun 1997
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Both informative and fun to read, the Dictionary contains both definitions and word history for ALL levels of colloquial English. Unlike other dictionaries of the sort, it includes even words that were colloquial or slang once.
Before I read it I didn't realise that history of words could be so entertaining. E. Partridge has presented a hoard of entertaining information in an entertaining way.
Even if you know all the English there is to know, the Dictionary is full of word stories you might still like to read. Do you know how the organ representing human courage over the centuries went all the way from heart to pluck, down to guts and below?
I haven't checked the facts for a few years, but it still may be the largest collection of slang and colloquial terms for ANY slanguage
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5.0 out of 5 stars You probably know some words that don't appear in this compendium, but not very many 8 Jan 2007
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Wonderful piece of work, a standard in its field, but a time thief: bet you can't look up just one ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth every cent! 11 April 2011
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I once had a hard copy of this book bought back in late 80's. It provided hours of entertainment then and I missed it greatly when I moved on and the book didn't.
Years later I find myself reunited with what seems like an old friend and we have some catching up to do. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy.
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