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Shakespeare's Bawdy

'It reads as freshly today as it did fifty years ago, when it surprised everyone with its originality and daring, an intriguing blend of personal insight and solid detective-work. If ever a word-book deserved to be called a classic, it is this.' David Crystal, on Shakespeare's Bawdy , re-released in 2001 as a .

Shakespeare's Bawdy must rank as one of Eric Partridge's most outstanding accomplishments. In it Partridge was able to combine his detailed knowledge of Shakespeare with his unrivalled knowledge of Elizabethan slang and innuendo. It is, as he describes it, 'a literary and psychological essay and a comprehensive glossary', which opened the window upon a long-avoided aspect of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare's Bawdy is a work of delight and insight that has an appeal that transcends time and class.

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Origins

This dictionary gives the origins of some 20,000 items from the modern English vocabulary, discussing them in groups that make clear the connections between words derived by a variety of routes from originally common stock. In addition to the main A-Z listing, there are extensive lists of prefixes, suffixes, and elements used in the creation of new vocabulary. Of all Eric Partridge's books (some three dozen in total), it is said that he regarded Origins as his greatest achievement.

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You Have A Point There

With a chapter on American practice by John. W. Clark.

'He discusses every conceivable problem of punctuation; everyone from bad letter-writers to experience authors is likely to find it useful.' Sunday Times

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

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A Dictionary of Catch Phrases

'Though much has been added, none of Partridge's engaging dottiness has been lost. It is consistently entertaining, full of useless information and extremely bawdy.' The Guardian

'It is magnificent, and is presented in Mr Partridge's charming and anecdotal way. It makes delightful browsing. A splendid book.' The Economist

This unique dictionary gives the meanings of over 3000 catch phrases from British and American English and explains the linguistic history behind each.

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A Dictionary of Clichés

This dictionary explains the meanings and history of over 2,500 clichés in current English use. It is a fascinating chronicle of the origins and developments of all the things better left unsaid, hackneyed phrases, over-used idioms and once-familiar quotations. It is an invaluable tool both to people with an interest in words and their history and to professional writers and speakers of all kinds.

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