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It was later abridged to a single volume and released in 1905 as A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English.This book provided the major part of Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1937).
The dating of slang words and phrases is difficult due to the nature of slang.
Slang is informal language sometimes peculiar to a particular social class or group and its use in Britain dates back to before the 16th century.
The language of slang, in common with the English language, is changing all the time; new words and phrases are being added and some are used so frequently by so many, they almost become mainstream.
British slang has been the subject of many books, including a seven volume dictionary published in 1889.
Lexicographer Eric Partridge published several works about British slang, most notably Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, revised and edited by Paul Beale.