Modern American Slang and Unconventional English

Slang dictionaries perform a playful if sometimes unproductive role in the reference book section. While the slang thesaurus offers a proactive source for expanding one’s slang vocabulary, the dictionary is a reactive volume, requiring you to know the word before you can investigate it. (For instance, when then-unknown singer Susan Boyle spoke of being gobsmacked by her sudden television fame, the meaning of the word was missing from Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, but available from The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.)

The 25,000 entries are accompanied by citations that authenticate the words as well as offer lively examples of usage from popular literature, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, musical lyrics, and Internet user groups. Etymology,