Booklist Top of the List Reference Source 2006
The successor to The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English – Eric Partridge’s magnum opus – this all-new work retains the humour and energy of its forebear, and continues the Partridge tradition for a new millennium.
The culmination of years of research, this Dictionary features sources ranging from fanzines, through movie scripts, to classic twentieth-century literature.
Unique, exciting and, at times, hilariously shocking, key features include:
- new two-volume format, containing over 60,000 entries in 2,000 pages
- unprecedented coverage of World English, with equal prominence given to American and British English slang, and entries included from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, Ireland, and the Caribbean
- new emphasis on post-World War II slang and unconventional English
- published sources for each entry, often including an early or significant example of the term’s use in print.
Edited by Tom Dalzell, an author, lawyer and leading expert on American slang, and Terry Victor, a slang-collector actor, broadcaster, writer and director, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English is a monumental achievement, and anyone with a fascination or passion for language will delight in the wit and intelligence of this invaluable resource.