Paul Beale writes:
Every work of this kind is necessarily a co-operative effort; even the great Dr Johnson had a crew of paid helpers. During the editing of this Dictionary I have had the extraordinary good fortune to enjoy the best of all lexicographical worlds: autonomy in the right to my own decisions, without pressure or hustle, and the generous, kindly and entirely voluntary help of a like-minded band of enthusiasts, on both sides of the North Atlantic, and further afield. It would be invidious to rank them other than as E.P. did: in alphabetical order. I thank on his behalf those whose material I have transcribed from his notes, and especially those who have continued to supply me with new suggestions and comments since his death on 1 June 1979.
There is, however, one person who deserves my special thanks: Mr Nigel Rees. I owe him particular gratitude for freely-granted permission to plunder his compilation of showbiz catch phrases, Very Interesting…but Stupid!, published as an Unwin Paperback, 1980. Even a casual glance will reveal how greatly Mr Rees's research has enriched this present work.
I list below the other main contributors to the second edition and, following precedent, an asterisk marks those whose names appear most often as sources; a † denotes those who are also acknowledged in the first edition (details above). No private source lacks acknowledgment in the main text.
* Professor Leonard R.N. Ashley, City University of New York.
*† Mr Laurie Atkinson, first thanked by E.P. in the 3rd edn of DSUE, 1948.
*† Rear-Admiral P.W. Brock, CB, DSO.
* Professor Anthony Brown, Western Carolina University.
*† Mr W.J. Burke.
* Mr Robert Claiborne of New York.
*† Professor Emeritus John W. Clark.
Mr P. Daniel.
Mr S.G. Dixon of North Harrow.
*† Professor Emeritus John T. Fain.
Mr Michael Goldman of Sydenham.
Mr Harry Griffiths, Australia.
Mr P.V. Harris of Southampton.
M. Paul Janssen of Tilff, Belgium.
Dr George A. Krzymowski of New Orleans.