It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
  1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Local Warehouse Reference- Words on Words

The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs

by

The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Fine words butter no parsnips” is an expression dating back 400 years. Twocking and chav are popular new arrivals in the ever-growing vocabulary of British slang. What do words and phrases like these have in common, and what sets them apart? That’s what this fascinating book sets out to explore. Along the way, it illuminates the whole process of word formation and proliferation. How are new words and phrases born? What’s special about the ones that enter common usage? How do mistakes and jokes affect a word’s career? Why do some words die, never to be used again? With examples ranging from Shakespeare to text messaging, this is a browsable collection rich with amusing quotations, unusual anecdotes, and clever wordplay.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780753824177
Subtitle:
Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs
Author:
Manser, Martin
Editor:
Pickering, David
Author:
Pickering, David
Author:
Manser, Martin H.
Publisher:
Phoenix
Subject:
Curiosities & Wonders
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081104
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

Other books you might like

  1. Addictionary: Brave New Words Sale Trade Paper $1.95
  2. Training People: How to Bring Out... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Humming the Blues: Inspired by... Sale Trade Paper $6.27
  4. Sea of Poppies
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  5. Watching the English (08 Edition)
    Used Trade Paper $10.00

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Reference » General
Reference » Words on Words

The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.50 In Stock
Product details 272 pages Phoenix - English 9780753824177 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.