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Slang and Unconventional English
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Ever "jones" for homemade cookies and then get food coma after inhaling enough for an entire family? Fo'sho, right? If you're having trouble keeping up, then you need might need some assistance from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English edited by Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor. This dictionary offers more than 60,000 entries from beats, hipsters, Teddy Boys, mods and rockers, surfers, Valley Girls, dudes, pill-popping truck drivers, hackers, rappers and more. So have no fear parents, the slang dictionary is here. Now when your kids are talking about getting crunk, you can just chillax, and know that they're just excited.
Michael Rosen, Word of Mouth, BBC Radio 4, 10th December 2007
biscuit adjective easy US, 1997
biscuit bitch noun a female Red Cross volunteer. Vietnam War usage; less common than the more popular DOUGHNUT DOLLY US, 1983
biscuit box noun a Ford Transit van, or other vehicle of similar style. When struck, an unladen van has a similar tonal quality to an empty biscuit tin UK, 1981
biscuit class noun economy class air travel on a small route. A playful allusion to 'business class' travel and the biscuits given to economy class passengers NEW ZEALAND, 1987
Biscuit Foot McKinnon nickname used as a nickname for a stereotypical Cape Bretoner. Because of the large Scottish settlement of this part of Nova Scotia, many people have the same last name: MacDonald, McKinnon, and so forth. Nicknames are common to distinguish family members with the same first name, too. CANADA, 1999
biscuits noun 1 money US, 1977. 2 crack cocaine. From BISCUIT (a measure of crack) UK, 2003
biscuits and cheese noun the knees. Rhyming slang, remembered in use during World War 2, sometimes shortened to 'biscuits' UK, 1960
biscuit snatcher noun the hand; a finger US, 1953
Pepsi; pepper noun a French-Canadian. Originally directed as an insult, because it was said by anglophones that French-Canadians chose Pepsi over Coca-Cola because they thought the cans were larger, it has been adopted as a badge of pride, especially in the derived form 'pepper' CANADA, 1978
Pepsi habit; Pepsi Cola habit noun the occasional use of a drug, short of an all-out addiction US, 1970
The correct definition will be posted at the end of December and a new Poll Quiz will be posted each month.
Sally Army; Sally Ann; Sally noun the Salvation Army; a Salvation Army hostel US, 1915
Sally Gunnell; sally noun a tunnel, especially the Blackwall Tunnel. Rhyming slang, formed on the name of the British Olympic athlete (b. 1966) UK, 1998
gonzo adjective crazed; having a bizarre style. Although coinage is credited to US journalist and author Bill Cardoso, close friend and partner in adventure with the late Hunter S. Thompson, the dust jacket to Cardoso's collected essays claim only that he is 'the writer who inspired Dr. Hunter S. Thompson to coin the phrase "Gonzo Journalism"'. Thompson first used the term in print and the term is irrevocably linked with him in the US US, 1971
gonzoid adjective crazed; having a bizarre style US, 1979
freaky adjective 1 odd, bizarre US, 1895. 2 sexually deviant UK, 1977. 3 characteristic of the 1960s counterculture US, 1971. > get freaky to have sex US, 1996
freaky-deaky adjective acting without restraint, especially in a sexual way US, 1981
jakey adjective 1 alcoholic UK, 2002. 2 socially inept, unaware of current fashions and trends US, 1989. 3 odd looking US, 1964. 4 said of a light jail sentence. JAKE (methylated spirits as an alcoholic drink) UK, 2000
no way, Jose used as a humorous, if emphatic, denial. The catchy reduplication makes this a favourite early in a young person's process of slang acquisition US, 1981.
half-cock adjective ill-considered; inferior UK, 2002. > at half-cock not fully prepared or ready UK, 2000
half-cocked adjective 1 not fully capable; not completely thought out; unfinished; incomplete. Derives from the mechanism of a gun US, 1833. 2 drunk AUSTRALIA, early C19. > go off half-cocked generally, to start without being fully erect. Gun imageny UK, 1809
duh! used for expressing disgust at the stupidity of what has just been said. A single syllable with a great deal of attitude US, 1963
The correct definition will be posted at the end of November and a new Poll Quiz will be posted each month.
The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English is named for one of the greatest philologists and lexicographers in living memory, Eric Partridge. His legacy is the beginning of our vocabulary, recorded with a unique spirit and personality. When Tom Dalzell and I were approached by Routledge we were more in awe of the giant shoulder we clambered on than the five years and more it would take to prepare our dictionary.
I was just browsing through The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English – in the shops November 5th, hotly pursued by Sex Slang and Vice Slang which will have bookshelves groaning in time for Christmas – when, on page 458, I tripped over my favourite slang word of all time: nincompoop. Now it’s used with an amused disdain to name a fool; back in the day, the late eighteenth century to be a little more precise, it was defined as ‘one who never saw his wife’s ****’ (the asterisks are in the original – I’m less likely to beat about the bush).
So, here we are, looking forward to your contributions – with or without asterisks. As dictionary makers we do not censor, we record what’s out there. Let us know.
Terry Victor, Editor, etc.
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