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If you're interested in contributing to the Partridge slang database, then please read the following notes and advice before accessing the .

What sort of information are we looking for?

New slang

New slang is being coined at a phenomenal rate. We need readers' help to find evidence of new words, phrases, and unconventional English from speech (TV, radio), magazines, newspapers, books, films, song lyrics, websites - indeed from any published or broadcast source.

New etymological and dating evidence

Information leading to the reassessment of when slang terms came into currency is always extremely helpful. If you do have such information, do please provide a supporting source if at all possible.

Is non-British English acceptable?

Absolutely. Slang from English-speaking communities throughout the world will be included.

Areas of particular interest for the Partridge slang database

A list of subject areas or geographical areas currently of particular interest to the Editors of the new edition will be posted on this site periodically.


There are none. The Editors will consider any slang word or phrase, whatever its nature, as long as it is used by English speakers or writers of English.

How do readers check whether the material they are presenting is really new to the Partridge slang database?

Check whether the word or phrase you are submitting is not in The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English , which will be available in print in most good libraries from October 2005. If you are unable to do this then we advise you to stick to contemporary slang (post 1985) for any submission.

Are records of spoken English acceptable?

Yes indeed and it doesn't have to have been broadcast in the media. If you are reporting spoken slang, do let us have as much information about the speaker and the context as you possibly can.

Presentation of material

How should I present my submission?

Please use the entry form provided through the link at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions for submission.

Notes on Referencing

If the material you are presenting has been taken from a written source, we ask you to give a precise reference to the source from which it is taken. Please give as full and helpful a reference as you can.

Once you have submitted

What will happen to my contribution?

Contributed entries will be held electronically to await consideration by our Editors as they work on the relevant section of the alphabet. It may be, of course, that your entry has already been compiled and included in our database; it may be that our Editors need more information or clarification of your definition, in which case they will be in touch with you by e-mail.

Conditions of contribution

If you do submit material, you grant Routledge (part of the Taylor and Francis group) and its affiliates (the Publisher) a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You warrant that the content is accurate and will not defame any person or entity. The Publisher has the right but not the obligation to monitor and edit or remove any content. The Publisher takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content submitted by you or any third party.

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