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  • A New Testament Word Bookby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1940, this book provides a literary dictionary to the New Testament. The treatment of selected words and phrases is not theological, but lexicographical and etymological. Each entry is introduced by illustrative quotations from the New Testament, and the book provides an insightful exploration of these phrases. more...

  • Slangby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 51.95

    First published in 1933, this book explores both contemporary and historical slang, focusing on the characteristics and quirks of the English and American languages. As well as looking at commonly used slang, there are sections that give the reader insight into more unusual areas such as Cockney slang, slang in journalism and slang in commerce, as... more...

  • Words, Words Words!by Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1933 (this edition in 1939), this book sees Partridge introducing the reader to the eccentric lexicographers Wesley and Captain Grose. In an entertaining way, the book jovially explores and discusses various words and phrases such as "bloody", euphemisms, the Devil?s nicknames, various versions of slang, and familiar terms of address.... more...

  • A Dictionary of Abbreviationsby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1942, this dictionary was designed to help civilians and members of H.M. forces to make their way amid the jungle of wartime abbreviations. The preface notes that newspaper readers, sailors, soldiers and airmen had to thrust themselves, like explorers, into these abbreviations in search of truth, or the execution of their martial... more...

  • Comic Alphabetsby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1961, this book explores the form of the comic alphabet. Whether through poems, prose or phonetics, the alphabet has become a way in which mankind has taken pleasure in playing with words and phrases. Indeed, approaches can vary significantly from the almost moronically humorous to the ingenious and genuinely witty and this book... more...

  • Pre?cis Writingby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1940, this book was designed by Eric Partridge to equip students, studying for final exams at school, with the tools they needed to become successful précis-ers. The selection of literary pieces is more diverse than other preìcis books of the time and Partridge?s background as a schoolmaster, a lecturer and a publisher sets him... more...

  • The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slangby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 220.00

    Drawn from the Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, with the emphasis on the expressions used or coined before 1914. more...

  • You Have a Point Thereby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 42.95

    This standard work on punctuation has long been judged the foremost study of the subject. It reveals punctuation to be both an indispensable craft and an invaluable art - a friend, not an enemy. more...

  • A Dictionary of Catch Phrasesby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 41.95

    A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases. more...

  • A Dictionary of Clichesby Eric Partridge

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 40.95

    This work is full of things better left unsaid : hackneyed phrases, idioms battered into senselessness, infuriating Gallicisms, once-familiar quotations and tags from the ancient classics. It makes a formidable list, amplified as it is with definitions, sources, and indications of the clichés, venerability in every case. more...