Eric Partridge

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New Zealand-born lexicographer Eric Partridge (1894 - 1979) was one of the twentieth century's leading experts on American, English, and Australian slang.
His most enduring works include A Dictionary of Slang (1937), A Dictionary of the Underworld (1950), and Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (1958). At the time of Partridge's death, Meanjin contributor Ralph Elliott wrote: "He made a contribution to the historical study as well as to the practical use of the English language so substantial and so individual in its scholarship, breadth, imagination and wit that his name is now a household word in every country where English is spoken and studied."

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