By Eric Partridge
The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this version is absolutely revised and up-to-date through Paul Beale and contains a few 500 new entries. The dictionary offers 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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To discharge (one) suddenly from employment: from ca. 1820; ob. Bee. absent-minded beggax . A soldier: semi-joc. : 1899–1902. Ex Kipling’s poem. absentee . A convict: semi-euph. : ca. 1810–60. absoballylutely ; absobloodylutely. 20. George, The Making of an Englishman, 1914, and both were, by 1940, rather ob. ) Note that absobloodylutely is the most frequent of the bloody interpolations, as not fucking likely is of the fucking interpolations. absolute, an . 20. ) Cf. —2. 20. Herbert, Holy Dead-lock, 1934.
Absolutely ! Certainly! Coll. 20. absolutely true . Utterly false: Society: ca. 1880. Ware. Ex title of book. absorb . t. ’ absquatalate . To depart, gen. : to cause to do this: 1844 (OED). Orig. US (1837), anglicised ca. 1860, ob. by 1900. , 1st ed. An artificial word: perhaps on abscond and squat, with a L. ending, perhaps that of undulate, as of a snake undulating and slithering away. During the 1830s–70s, such arbitrary humorous forms abounded in US slangy and colloquial speech: and to seek reason in, and for, their origin is perhaps unreasonable.
Strong liquor from South Africa: Aus. 20. ) In The Drum, 1959, B. defines it as ‘cheap fortified wine’. African . : since late 1940. African harp . See fish-horn. African Woodbine . Marijuana cigarette: drug addicts’: 1970s. ) Woodbine=a well-known brand of cheaper cigarette. Afro . ‘Having the hair in a spherical, bushy and tightly curled mass, in the style of certain Negroes’ (Powis, 1977). A style much imitated, for a while in the 1970s, by ‘Whitey’ youth: adopted, early 1970, ex US. DCCU, 1971.