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

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 prolife 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.
The Secret Life of the English Language Buttering Parsnips Twocking Chavs Fine words butter no parsnips is an expression dating back years Twocking and chav are popular new arrivals in the ever growing vocabulary of British slang What do words and phrases like these hav

  • Title: The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs
  • Author: Martin H. Manser David Pickering
  • ISBN: 9780753824177
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs”

    1. Best imbibed in chunks rather than cuddled down with before a fire to be read in its entirety, this is essentially lists of unusual/interesting/etc. words or phrases. From the perspective of UK English rather than American English, it was rife with amusing peculiarities that I was not familiar with.

    2. Cute little book best suited for reading after a long, tiresome day. Short 'chapters' make it easy to open it on a random page and just read a page or two. Some word lists are very funny and some others I would love to learn by heart :)

    3. A good reference or coffee table book. It's filled with interesting useless information. So I liked it, but it was hard to sit down and get engrossed.

    4. An enjoyable read after a day of doing too much and studying too hard. Words are fun. :) Probably best read in bits instead of all at once. I'm odd.

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