A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: by Eric Partridge PDF
By Eric Partridge
The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this variation is absolutely revised and up-to-date by way of Paul Beale and comprises a few 500 new entries. The dictionary provides a completely documented account of English slang over 4 centuries and may entertain and tell all enthusiasts of the English language.
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I doubt whether the etym. will ever be solved. On maturer consideration I tentatively suggest that s. ’—2. 20. ackers . Ac tivity at physical exercises: Pangbourne Nautical College: since ca. 1950. —2. See Akkas. ’ackin’ corf . e. coll. , illiterate when serious. ackle . To fit, or function, properly, esp. as in ‘It (or she) won’t ackle’: RFC/RAF, 1917–19, perhaps orig. ; still current late 1970s, and has long been gen. ’=can you make it work? ) ackman . 18–19. v. F. & H. adduces also ack-pirate and ack-riff .
H. ). abaccering , vbl n. 20. : or ex smoking, or chewing, (to)bacco? Abadan . ‘When Persia nationalised her oil wells under President Mossadeq [ca. 1952] any driver who was too liberal with engine oil was nicknamed “Abadan”’ (McKenna, Glossary, p. 41): railwaymen’s. abaddon . 19–early 20.? a pun on a bad ’un and the angel Abaddon. abandannad . ). —2. 19–early 20. abandoned habits . The riding dresses of demi-mondaines in Hyde Park: ca. 1870–1900. abandonment . Bankruptcy of a railway company: financiers’ and brokers’: ca.
Beau-catchers, Newgate knockers. Aggie . 19–20. —2. 19– 20; ob. —3. As aggie, a marble made of agate—or of something that, in appearance, resembles agate: children’s: since ca. 1880. Manchester Evening News, 27 Mar. —4. 20. Community Care, 12 June 1980. )—5. 19–20. Aggie-on-a-horse, or Aggie-on-horseback . 20. ) ‘Weston’ evokes the ‘Aggie’ of ‘Aggie Weston’s’, below. Aggie Weston’s . 19–20. :Aggie’s . 20. ‘These Rest Houses were founded by the late Dame Agnes Weston—the “Mother of the Navy”—at Portsmouth and Devonport’ (Granville).
A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: Colloquialisms and Catch Phrases, Fossilised Jokes and Puns, General Nicknames, Vulgarisms, and Such Americanisms As Have Been Naturalised by Eric Partridge