By Eric Partridge
The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this variation is absolutely revised and up-to-date via Paul Beale and comprises a few 500 new entries. The dictionary provides a completely documented account of English slang over 4 centuries and should entertain and tell all enthusiasts of the English language.
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Afeard . E. 18, then dial. 20, sol. , afeared, terrified, ex † afear. Also ‘feard . affair . Of things, esp. buildings, machines: coll. from ca. E. Gen. with a preceding adj. or a sequent adj. phrase. g. —2. —3. One’s current lover: homosexuals’: current 1970. affair of honour . A duel resulting in an innocent man’s death: ca. 1800–70. Coll. affidavit men . 17–18. (Cf. , Grose. affigraphy . See affygraphy. afflicke , a thief, is either c. 17. Rowlands, in Martin Mark-all, But see flick. afflicted .
20. after the Lord Mayor’s show (comes the shit-cart) . p. addressed to a man just back from leave, esp. if in time for an imminent ‘show’. B. &. P. Orig. 19. See DCpp . after you, Claude-no, after you Cecil ! p. since ca. 1940, from the BBC programme, ‘Itma’. Now, 1983, ob. though lingering. The Can. version was after you, my dear Alphonse — no, after you, Gaston . ) By 1970, †. See DCpp . after you is manners . p. implying the speaker’s consciousness, usu. joc. and ironic, of inferiority. See DCpp .
Activity, esp. ’ Adopted, ca. —2. Sexual intercourse, as in ‘He got all the action he wanted’ (Hollander): adopted, ca. 1970, ex US. DCCU, 1971; W. & F. record it as used in print in 1968. action(-)man . A sarcastically derogatory term for one who is really or only apparently over-efficient and military, enjoying route marches, assault courses and the like: Services’: since ca. 1960. Ex the ‘Action-man’ doll, which can be dressed in all sorts of uniforms and fighting gear. ) active citizen . A louse: low (—1811); † by 1890.