I have not counted the number of entries; it can hardly be less than 3,000-a figure that will, I hope, be increased both by my own further research and by further contributions from my loyal helpers, as well as from all those reviewers and general readers who will have noticed omissions and defects.
To generous friends and acquaintances and pen-friends I owe much: and of these, perhaps the most helpful have been the following (an asterisk* indicates a very considerable indebtedness):
*Mr Laurie Atkinson, who has contributed so much to the later editions of DSUE-and so much to this book.
The late Mr Sidney J. Baker, author of The Australian Language.
*Mr Paul Beale of Loughborough.
British Library, the: the staff for courteous assistance.
Rear-Admiral P.W. Brock, CB, DSO.
*Mr W.J. Burke, for many years the head of Look's research department.
*Professor Emeritus John W. Clark, University of Minnesota, invaluably and from the beginning.
The late Mr Norris M. Davidson of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.
Professor Ralph W.V. Elliott of University House, Canberra.
Professor John T. Fain, University of Florida.
*Mr Norman Franklin, the Chairman of Messrs Routledge & Kegan Paul. As if he hadn't already more than enough 'on his plate'!
*The late Julian Franklyn, heraldist and an authority on Cockney custom and speech.
Mr Christopher Fry, welcomely 'out of the blue' on several occasions.
*The late Wilfred Gran ville-like Mr Franklyn, an indefatigable helper-who died on 23 March 1974.
Mr Ben Grauer, the well known interviewer (etc.) on American radio and TV-like most extremely busy men, this dynamo has always been courteous, patient, helpful.
Mr Arthur Gray of Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr Edward Hodnett, American scholar.
*Dr Douglas Leechman, an authority on Canadiana.
Mr Y. Mindel of Kfar Tabor, Lower Galilee.
*Colonel Albert Moe, United States Marine Corps, ret.; over a long period.