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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415291897
ISBN-10: 0415291895
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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

About the Author

Eric Honeywood Partridge renowned philologist, etymologist and lexicographer, dedicated his life to the study of language but it is for his work on slang, and in particular his flagship dictionary, The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, that he is most widely remembered and admired.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 8 edition (November 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415291895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415291897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Sheffield on January 7, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biologist on April 10, 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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By Fran on February 13, 2015
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Lots of interesting information. Fun and funny stuff.
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