By Eric Partridge
The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this version is totally revised and up-to-date through Paul Beale and contains a few 500 new entries. The dictionary supplies a completely documented account of English slang over 4 centuries and may entertain and tell all fanatics of the English language.
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Racing) a better carrying forward a win to the next event: turf coll. : from ca. 1870. ace , n. : since ca. 1918. (F. ) Ex the lit. E. —2. A flagship or other ‘key’ vessel: RN: from ca. 1914. Ex card-games. —3. ‘One bad peach—we call it an “ace”—turns the whole lot bad. We say, “Get that bleedin’ ace out”’ (Thomas Skeats, barrow-boy, reported in Daily Mail, 24 July 1963): street-traders’: since ca. 1920. —4. Var. —5. 18–20: coll. E. ) Orig. —6. 20. Wilkes. ace , adj. : from ca. 1932. Daily Express, 20 Apr.
I. t. var. vbl n. vulg. WRNS WW1 WW2 > = †; +; − which see! ; understand! Scottish the Armed Forces of the Crown singular solecism; solecistic Spanish synonymous(ly) in or at the time of the United States of America; American usual(ly) verb intransitive verb transitive verb variant; variation verbal noun vulgarism Women’s Royal Naval Service The First World War, 1914–19 The Second World War, 1939–45 become(s); became equal(s); equal to; equivalent to See Dating < previous page page_xxix next page > < previous page page_xxx next page > page_xxx next page > Page xxx This page intentionally left blank.
P-G-R. ack emma . Air Mechanic: RFC, 1912–18, and RAF, 1918. The rank became, in Jan. 1919, aircraftman. —2. : services’: from 1915. For both, see PHONETIC ALPHABET, in Appendix. ack over toc(k) . See arse over turkey. ack Willie . Absent without leave: Aus. army: WW2. ) Signalese for first two letters of AWOL, the official abbr. ackermaracker . Tea (the beverage): low: since ca. 1920. ’s orig. etym. was, ‘The form (acker-mar-acker) suggests tea reversed and distorted from act to ack; ack elab.
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