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

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“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? Thats 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? Whats special about the ones that enter common usage? How do mistakes and jokes affect a words 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.

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ISBN:
9780753824177
Subtitle:
Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs
Author:
Manser, Martin
Editor:
Pickering, David
Author:
Manser, Martin H.
Author:
Pickering, David
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

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