"...builds on and enhances the straight dictionary
format with substantial options for research"
-- CILIP

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional Englishan Informa Business

Frequently asked questions

General Information

  • What is Partridge Slang Online?

Read about the history of PSO, recent developments, usage, and the people responsible on the About page.

  • What features does PSO have?

Key features of Partridge Slang Online include:

-Highly discoverable content through Quick, Advanced and Faceted search
-Search refinement through adding and removing search filters and searching within results
-Explore content by subject, type, place of origin, part of speech and sate, or browse by A-Z
-Contextual discovery of content through automated suggestions of related entries
-Personalized login for individual users: bookmark entries, and save and manage searches
-Fully searchable Bibliographic Library
-Print, share and cite entry tools
-Contact the editors directly via email
-Includes additional content of Eric Partridge’s major works and collections of slang dating back to the 1600s
-Institutional access via Shibboleth
-Institutional account management functionality
  • How was the dictionary compiled?

Read the Criteria for inclusion

Librarians

  • Pricing Information

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  • Contact Us

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What authentication options are available?


We offer authentication by:

  • IP address
  • Proxy server
  • Shibboleth

Institutional Accounts

  • How do I set up an institutional account?

Please Contact our sales team

  • How do I manage my institution’s account?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your username and password. Here you will be able to view your account details, your subscriptions, run reports and upload your institution’s logo.

  • What do I do if I have forgotten the password for my institutional account?

If you have forgotten the password for your institutional account you will need to Contact us.

  • How do I view and edit my contact details?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

To view or update the details of your organization, click on Account Details. To view or update your details click on subscriptions, and then the name of the product for which you are responsible, then select contact details.

  • How do I view and edit my account credentials?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

To view your account credentials (including IP ranges, user names and passwords) click on Credentials. To edit your Athens or Shibboleth credentials click the tab you require.

Please note that editing of credentials is restricted. If you need to update any other credentials then please Contact us.

  • How do I view my holdings?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

Click on subscriptions and you will see a list of your subscriptions and purchases, with start and end dates. Please note that your account details are the same across several Taylor & Francis products, and you will see all of these products listed here.

  • How can I obtain MARC-21 records?

We are not currently able to offer MARC-21 records from the site directly, but we can supply a file on request. Please Contact us for details.

  • How do I run usage reports?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

Click on the Reports option on the left hand menu, and select the reports you require.

ICOLC and COUNTER reports are available, depending on which product you have purchased.

  • How to I view/edit my Open URL details?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

Go to Account Preferences, click on the Open URL tab and follow the instructions on the screen.

  • How do I upload my institution’s logo?

Click on the yellow Librarians tab in the site header and sign in with your user name and password.

Go to Account Preferences, then click the ‘other’ tab and follow the instructions on screen.

  • How do I cancel my account?

Please Contact Taylor & Francis Online Customer Services Department

Access

  • Do I need to pay to access Partridge Slang Online?

You need to purchase PSO in order to browse or search the dictionary and view entries. Further information on purchasing can be found on the How to Buy page.

  • How to I purchase access to PSO?

View the How to Buy page.

  • How do I qualify for a 30 day free trial?

View the How to Buy page.

  • What does paid access include?

Paid access includes full access to the 60,000 + entries, the faceted search and browse functionalities, the bibliographic library and a selection of additional Partridge eBooks.

  • What access routes does Partridge Slang Online support?

We offer authentication by:


  • IP address
  • Proxy server
  • Shibboleth

Access Problems

  • I don’t have access to the content I paid for.

If you are a student searching for content, please contact your librarian.

If you have purchased access to PSO and cannot see the content, please Contact us confirming the purchase details.

  • What do I do if content I have paid for is missing or corrupt?

If you have access to the purchased content but it is corrupt or you are having problems downloading it, please Contact us.

  • I am a student. How do I resolve any problems with my institution's access?

Please contact your electronic resources librarian who will be able to resolve your access problem, or Contact us if required.

Registering for personal access

  • Why should I register for a personal access on Partridge Slang Online?

Registered users can benefit from various additional functions including saving / managing searches and adding entries to your shortlist.

  • How do I register for personal access on Partridge Slang Online?

Click the ‘Register for personal access link’ at the top of the screen and follow the instructions.

  • I’ve registered, but my account has not been activated. What should I do?

Once you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address given. Unfortunately these emails can be caught in spam filters, so check your Spam or Junk folder. If you need further assistance please Contact us.

Personal Access Account Management

  • What do I do if I have forgotten my password?

Click the Sign in button at the top of the screen (in the site header). Click on the forgot password link where you will be asked to supply your email address. You will then receive an email with further instructions to allow you to reset your password.

  • How do I update my email address, password, or other details?

Sign in with your username and password and go to My Account, then go to the Personal Details page, where you can update your email address and password, as well as your other personal details.

  • How do I cancel my account? Put in correct details

Please contact Taylor & Francis online customer services department at Support.partridge@routledge.com

Personal Access Account Features

  • How do I save searches?

On the Results page click the ‘Save search’ button to name and save your search. In order to manage your saved searches you will need to register or sign in.

  • How do I manage my saved searches?

Sign in with your username and password via the Personal Sign in link in the site header, and go to My Account. Go to the Saved searches and history page. Here you can view and run or delete your saved searches.

  • How do I manage my search history?

Sign in with your username and password via the Personal Sign in link in the site header, and go to My Account. Go to the Saved searches and history page. Click the Search History dropdown to view and run previous searches.

  • My search history is only showing previous searches from my current session.

The search history function only shows you your search history from your current session. If you want to save a search in order to view it in subsequent sessions, use the ‘Save search’ button on the search results page.

  • How to I save entries?

When viewing an entry click the ‘Add to shortlist’ button. In order to manage your saved entries you will need to register or sign in.

  • How do I manage my saved entries?

Sign in with your username and password via the Personal Sign in link in the site header, and go to My Account. Go to the Shortlist page. Here you can view and delete your saved entries.

Search

Browse by Category


  • What are the different categories?

You can choose to browse entries by subject, type, place of origin, part of speech, or date. Each category is then broken down into further sub-categories in a taxonomic structure.

  • How do the filters work?

PSO contains over 60,000 unique entries. Clicking on a filter (e.g. Bodily Functions) on the Browse page filters the entries to show only the entries associated with that filter (e.g. clicking the Bodily Functions filter will show only the entries relating to bodily functions). Filters can be added cumulatively, so once you have applied one filter you can view the results and add more to see only the entries associated with that combination of filters (e.g. Bodily Functions, United States, 1990s)

  • What are the filters based on, and how are they categorized?

The taxonomy is made up of over 500 distinct filters and was designed by the editors to guide you through the diverse range of slang terms that can be found in the dictionary.

  • Can entries belong to more than one category?

Yes, the entries can be associated with any number of filters. For example, the entry ‘banjo’ meaning “to force open a door or window” is associated with the filters Burglary, Residences & Living Space, Burglary, Musicians & Instruments, 1980s, and Verb.

  • How do I know what category the entry X will be in?

Entries are not placed in specific categories, but rather are associated with particular filters. If you browse the filters and select onethat you think will be relevant to the entry you are looking for, you can then view the results and find your entry. If there are a lot of results, you can add additional filters toisolate the entry you are looking for, or alternatively use the Search within Results box.

Quick Search

  • How do I do a Quick Search?

Type a search term into the Quick Search box and hit Search or the Return key. A list of results will be displayed by relevance with the option to further refine your search, or to search again from scratch if you want to try a different search term.

Advanced Search

  • How do I do an Advanced Search?

Click on the Advanced Search link, then on the Advanced Search page select what field you want to search in (Headword, Definition, Citation or Phrase) and type in your search term.

You can add additional search criteria by clicking the ‘Add New Row’ link.

  • What are the Headword / Definition / Citation / Phrase dropdown fields?

Select the Headword field to search only within entry headwords, the Definition field to only search within definitions, and so on. Note that on the results page you can further refine your search using the filters and Search within Results options.

  • What does the AND / OR / NOT dropdown do?

Once you have selected one field and search term you can add additional criteria using the ‘Add New Row’ link. Select ‘AND’ to combine two search terms, ‘OR’ to add additional search terms, or ‘NOT’ to exclude a search term.

Refining Results

  • Do I use the Quick / Advanced / Browse by Category functionalities separately, or together?

The Quick, Advanced and Browse functionalities can be used individually or combined, depending on what you think will be the most effective way of finding the content you are interested in.

You can begin by doing a Quick or Advanced Search or by clicking on a category filter. Then, on the results page you can choose to refine your results further by searching within your results or clicking on a filter from the taxonomy.

  • How do I begin a new search / browse from scratch?

To begin a new search from scratch, make sure the “search within results” box is un-ticked then type in your search term and hit ‘search’. To start browsing again from scratch, click on the ‘browse’ tab in the main menu bar.

  • What does “search within results” mean?

On the results page you will see the current number of results listed (e.g. Displaying 1 - 10 of 82 results). You have the option to perform a search within that list of results by ticking the “search within results” tick-box and performing a search.

On the Results page you will see that above the list of results there is a box marked “Filters”. Each time you perform a search or click a filter from the taxonomy, the results are ‘filtered’ to only show entries associated with that filter or search term. You add filters cumulatively, so the Filters box keeps track of all the filters you currently have applied to your results.

  • How does the list of filters work? (on the left hand side of the screen)

On the Results page you can expand and contract the list of filters by clicking on the plus and minus buttons. Clicking on a filter applies it to your existing list of results.

  • What do the plus and minus buttons do in the list of filters?

If a filter has a plus sign next to it, it means that it has a sub-category within it. Click on the plus sign to view the filters within that subcategory, then the minus sign to hide them again.

  • How do I add a filters?

To add a filter, simply click on it. The results will update and you will see the new filter in the Filters box above the list of results.

  • How do I remove a filter?

All the filters currently applied to your results can be seen in the Filters box above the list of results. To remove a filter, click on the ‘x’ button next to it.

  • Is there a limit to the number of filters I can add?

There is no limit to the number of filters you can add, although if you keep adding filters you will get to the point where no results are shown, as there will be no entries associated with all the filters selected. If that happens, try removing one or more of the filters.

  • I added a filter, now a number of filters have disappeared from the taxonomy list on the Results page

On the Results page, if none of the entries in the list of results are associated with a particular filter, that filter will be removed from the ‘add more filters’ list as it can no longer be used to narrow down the list of results.

  • I did a Quick Search, and now a filter has appeared in quotation marks.

When you perform a Quick Search your search term appears as a filter in quotation marks on the Results page. You can add additional filters from the list of tags, or search within your results.

  • I did an Advanced Search, and now a filter has appeared in quotation marks with some extra text before it.

When you perform an Advanced Search your search term and parameters appear as a filter in quotation marks on the Results page. You can add additional filters from the list of tags, or search within your results.

  • Instead of a definition, an entry has the text “this entry has multiple definitions”.

If an entry has multiple definitions you will see the text “this entry has multiple definitions” in the definition field of the results. Click the triangle icon to view the full list of definitions then click on one of the definitions to view the full entry.

Saving Searches

  • How do I save searches?

On the Results page click the ‘Save search’ button to name and save your search. In order to manage your saved searches you will need to register or sign in.

  • How do I manage my saved searches?

Sign in with your username and password via the Personal Sign in link in the site header, and go to My Account. Click the Shortlist button. Here you can view and run or delete your saved searches.

Permissions

  • How can I request permission to photocopy or republish material?

All material published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and its divisions is protected under United States and International copyright and intellectual property laws, and we ask you to respect this when using our material

Prior written consent is required if you wish to reproduce any of our material. Please be aware that there may be fees involved when material held under copyright is reproduced or translated.

For further information, please see http://www.routledge.com/info/permissions/

  • How many titles are DRM 'free'?

Over 75% of our catalogue is available without DRM, which means there are no print/copy/paste/access restrictions. It is important to note that all DRM-free books are for the personal use of the library’s members only, are subject to full copyright law and must not be distributed beyond the institution’s direct membership.

Accessibility

Partridge Slang Online supports the Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements to Level AA.