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Just launched!  The newest edition of The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English – and for the first time ever, the two volume set is also available online at

Partridge Slang Online

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

This expanded second edition contains a new preface noting slang trends of the last five years, over 1,000 new entries from the US, UK and Australia and new terms from the language of social networking, giving readers unprecedented access to the rich world of slang.

Containing over 60,000 entries, the world's most 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, oftentimes 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 and origin information for each headword
  • in the tradition of Partridge, commentary on the term’s origins and meaning.

Partridge Slang Online is the first interactive slang dictionary available via the web, giving users new ways to discover the rich and rude world of slang. Combining Eric Partridge’s legacy of academic rigor and research with the latest technologies in search and discoverability, Partridge is ushered into the digital age.

  • over 60,000 unique entries with full citations
  • highly discoverable content through Quick, Advanced and Faceted search
  • search refinement through adding and removing search filters and search within results
  • explore content by Subject, Type, Place of Origin, Part of Speech and Date, or browse by A-Z
  • contextual discovery of content through automated suggestions of related entries
  • personalized login for individual user: bookmark entries, and save and manage searches
  • fully searchable Bibliographic Library
  • print, share and cite entry tools
  • multiple authentication options including Athens and Shibboleth
  • institutional account management functionality
  • contact the editors directly via email
  • additional content of Eric Partridge’s major works and collections of slang dating back to the 1600s.

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    Edited by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

    Booklist Top of the List Reference Source 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...

    Published December 21st 2012 by Routledge