Shorter Slang Dictionary

Shorter Slang Dictionary

Shorter Slang Dictionary

Shorter Slang Dictionary

Synopsis

From abdabs to zit From pillock (14th century) to couch potato (20th century)From She'll be apples (Australia) to the pits (USA)This new collection brings together some 5,000 contemporary slang expressions originating in all parts of the English-speaking world. It gives clear and concise definitions of each word, supplemented by examples of their use and information about where and when they came into being. This entertaining reference work will be of use to students of English at all levels and a source of fascination to word-lovers throughout the world.

Excerpt

This volume has been derived from the magisterial work of Eric Partridge and his collaborator and successor Paul Beale. Most of the entries have been adapted from the eighth edition of the monumental A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1984) and the new material that first appeared in A Concise Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1989), although articles have also been specially written for items that came into currency in the 1990s.

The focus throughout is on slang items that are in current daily use, and familiar throughout most parts of the English-speaking world. Items originating in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all to be found within these covers.

The policy of selection differs notably from that of Eric Partridge's own Smaller Slang Dictionary (second edition, 1964) in that there has been no policy of 'omitting absolutely all matter that could offend against propriety or even delicacy'. Instead, modern lexicographical practice has been followed in recording the words and phrases current in modern-day English slang without comment on the propriety or delicacy of the expressions or the concepts they describe. . .

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