We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
New Zealand lexicographer of the English language and slang
1894 – 1979
Eric Partridge was a lexicographer of the English language. He was born in New Zealand, educated in Australia, and moved to England after serving in the Australian infantry during the First World War. Partridge received an MA in eighteenth-century English Romantic Poetry and a B.Litt in Comparative Literature while studying as a Queensland University Travelling Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. Throughout his career, Partridge wrote over forty books on English grammar, etymology and slang.
Language forms a part of everything we do, even when there are no words. It is the means by which we think about, understand and share in the world. A Little Book of Language, taking in much, much more than the history of language, whisks us from a bab …