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Language!, 500 years of the vulgar tongue

Author: Jonathon Green
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this richly entertaining book, Jonathon Green traces the development of slang and its trajectory through society, and offers an impassioned argument for its defence. Beginning, at least in recorded terms, in the gutter and the thieves' tavern, and displayed only in a few criminological pamphlets, slang has made its way up and out: across social classes and into every medium. There is no doubt that slang deals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathon Green
ISBN: 9781848878983 1848878982 9781848878990 1848878990
OCLC Number: 868380323
Description: 419 pages
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: Slang: A User's Manual --
2. In the Beginning: The Pre-History --
3. Lewd, Lousey Language: Beggars and Their Books --
4. Crime and Punishment: The Vocabulary of Villainy --
5. Play's the Thing: The Stage and the Song --
6. The Sound of the City: No City, No Slang --
7. Flash: This Sporting Life --
8. Down Under: Larrikin Lingo --
9. Sex in the City: The Agreeable Ruts of Life --
10. Cockney Sparrers: Mean Streets and Music Halls --
11. America: Pioneers --
12. Keeping Score: Nineteenth-century Slang Lexicography --
13. Gayspeak: The Lavender Lexicon --
14. American Century: The Slang Capital of the World --
15. African-American Slang: The Flesh Made Word --
16. Campus and Counter-Culture: Teenage Skills --
17. War: One Thing It's Good For --
18. Conclusion: As It Was in the Beginning.
Other Titles: Language!, five hundred years of the vulgar tongue
Responsibility: Jonathon Green.
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The entertaining, shocking and surprising story of slang, as told by Britain's foremost slang lexicographer.  Read more...

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Language! bursts with linguistic interest and fun historical nuggets. -- Sam Leith * Guardian * In his relentless campaign to drag slang out of the sewer and brothel and into the drawing-room and Read more...

 
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