Review by Booklist Review
For libraries not wanting to invest in the two-volume New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2006), here is a handier, scaled-down version. The hundreds of thousands of citations found in the parent dictionary have been excised, but all of the slang terms remain, and some new terms have been added. The $45 price tag (versus $175 for the original) puts Partridge within reach for many smaller libraries and even personal collections.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2008 Booklist
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Review by Library Journal Review
This is a smaller version of Dalzell and Victor's 2006 New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (LJ 5/15/06). Unlike its predecessor, a two-volume, 2000-plus-page tome, the Concise edition is a much slimmer-and also more affordable-one-volume work. In addition to all the slang terms included in the previous publication, the editors have added several hundred new words to this dictionary, for a total of over 60,000 entries. Arranged alphabetically, the dictionary lists the word or phrase, the part of speech, a brief definition, sometimes the history of the phrase, the originating country, and an approximate date of origin. Phrases are chosen from numerous English-speaking countries, including the United States, the U.K., South Africa, and even Antarctica. Some of the terms have become international, while others have not migrated from their country of origin. Also, while some phrases have dropped out of common usage, other words are still understood after several centuries. All the slang terms from the previous book have been preserved, but the smaller format requires certain concessions. Although the headword is easily legible in bold print, the font becomes progressively smaller as you move through the citation. Readers may find the date difficult to read. The full-scale edition also cites examples of the phrase used in documentaries, movies, fiction, or literature. BOTTOM LINE While the Concise dictionary has a few problems and won't replace the 2006 edition, it could be very useful for libraries needing an inexpensive ready-reference resource of the kind. Anyone with an interest in improper or irregular grammar should find it helpful. On the other hand, libraries not having any extra money to spare and already owning the big set may pass.-James Langan, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Johnstown (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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