The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English 2 Volume Set (Hardcover)

By Tom Dalzell (Editor), Terry Victor (Editor)

Routledge, 9780415619493, 2pp.

Publication Date: December 21, 2012

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The heir and successor to Eric Partridge's brilliant magnum opus, The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, this two-volume New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English is the definitive record of post WWII slang.

Containing over 60,000 entries, this new edition of the authoritative work on slang details the slang and unconventional English of the English-speaking world since 1945, and through the first decade of the new millennium, with the same thorough, intense, and lively scholarship that characterized Partridge's own work.

Unique, exciting and, at times, hilariously shocking, key features include:

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

emphasis on post-World War II slang and unconventional English

published sources given for each entry, often including an early or significant example of the term's use in print.

hundreds of thousands of citations from popular literature, newspapers, magazines, movies, and songs illustrating usage of the headwords

dating information for each headword

in the tradition of Partridge, commentary on the term's origins and meaning

New to this edition:

A new preface noting slang trends of the last five years Over 1,000 new entries from the US, UK and Australia New terms from the language of social networking Many entries now revised to include new dating, new citations from written sources and new glosses

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English is a spectacular resource infused with humour and learning - it's rude, it's delightful, and it's a prize for anyone with a love of language.

In addition to this hard back two volume set, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English will also be the first slang dictionary available on-line, giving readers unprecedented access to the rich world of slang. For details, including hardback plus on-line bundle offers, please visit

About the Author

Tom Dalzell -Senior Editor Tom Dalzell is a lawyer who moonlights in an extremely serious way as a slang collector and author. Recognized as the leading expert on American slang, his most recent publications include Damn the Man: Slang of the Oppressed (2011) and Far Out Depends on Where You're Standing (2012). Terry Victor - Editor Terry Victor is not only a slang collector but also an actor, broadcaster, writer and director. He has written (and acted in) more Murders on the Orient Express than Agatha Christie. Since the 1st edition of this book he has notably appeared in a BAFTA-winning movie and Punchdrunk's acclaimed immersive theatre, and authored two stage plays: No Offence (2008), and Fragments of Ash "... a supremely intelligent and very important piece of theatre." Informed Edinburgh (2011). A Dictionary of Anglophone Rhyming Slangs is due to be published in 2013.