By Eric Partridge
The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this variation is totally revised and up-to-date by means of Paul Beale and contains a few 500 new entries. The dictionary supplies a completely documented account of English slang over 4 centuries and should entertain and tell all fanatics of the English language.
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20. Ex a character in Sheridan’s Rivals, 1775. acro . 19–20. acrobat . A drinking-glass: music-hall:—1903 (F. ). Punning tumbler. across . —2. See come across; put it across. across the pavement . ) ca. 1960. act, bung on an . See bung on an act. act bored, superior , etc. , orig. (ca. , but by 1955, coll. ) act Charley More . 19–20. ) Charley More was a Maltese publican whose house sign bore the legend ‘Charley More, the square thing’. act green . 19–20. , RN lowerdeck, as in Sidney Knock, Clear Lower Deck, 1932.
As Agony, Agny, near Arras: army: WW1. —4. 19–earlier 20. (Cdr C. )—5. In pile up (or on) the agony, to exaggerate: adopted, ex US, ca. , with up now rare. Also put on the agony. agony-bags . Scottish bagpipes: English (not Scottish) Army officers’: from ca. 1912. agony column . The personal column in a newspaper’s advertisements (first in The Times). Black, 1873. Coll. —2. The letters-and-answers page of women’s magazines. ) Since ca. 1950. agony in red . A vermilion costume: London society: ca.
Accommodation house . : ca. 1820–1920. Bee. accommodator . 19–early 20. B. & L. according . In that’s (all) according, a coll. abbr. e. dependent on, the circumstances. Not in the sense, in accordance with . according to Cocker . Properly, correctly: since ca. 1760. Ex Edward Cocker, 1631–76, engraver and teacher, whose famous Cocker’s Arithmetic, pub. posthumously in 1678 Icon-fined to commercial questions only), was popular for nearly a century. 19 nautical, according to John Norie, the editor of a much-consulted Navigator’s Manual.
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