I finally received a copy of the New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. It’s a brand-new two-volume dictionary, edited by Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor, building off the work of Eric Partridge and concentrating on new world-wide Anglophone slang since 1945. At some point in the next few weeks I’ll do a review of it and Jonathon Green’s Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang. This is despite the fact that editors and authors dread—loathe, despise, condemn, resent, and expectorate on—comparison reviews. It won’t be a contest between the books, merely a rumination on their contents and significance.
Posted March 20, 2006