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What is the New Partridge?

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English is a two-volume, 2100 page work, providing unprecedented coverage of slang in the English speaking communities throughout the world.

What's new about it?

  • New EDITORS, one American, based in the US, one British, based in the UK
  • New two-volume format, containing approximately 65,000 entries
  • New emphasis on post-World War II slang and unconventional English
  • New focus: equal number of entries allocated to the US and to Great Britain (30% each) with the remainder allocated to other English-speaking countries

Our aim has been to create a unique and outstanding resource of slang for the 21st century, while always retaining and demonstrating that which was particular to Partridge – scholarliness, humour and a ‘sheer delight in the byways of language’ (Randolph Quirk)

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