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The Vulgar Tongue
Author: Jonathon Green

ISBN: 9780199398140
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 419
Published: 1 October 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.3 x 3.4
Description:
Once the language of thieves and beggars, slang is an ever present part of today's culture for people across the strata. It allows us to connect to others, to express otherwise guarded thoughts, and to convey humour in the everyday. But how did slang escape its stigma as the language of the streets and integrate itself so seamlessly with "standard English?"

The Vulgar Tongue tells the full story of English language slang, from its origins in early British beggar books to its spread in American and Australian culture in the eighteenth century. The aim is not to record the history of the over 125,000 English words that make up the lexis. Rather, the author focuses on the common, often profane themes that run through the word-list crime, sex, bodily parts and functions, insults, and drink and drugs and their scope and function throughout the various cultures and overlapping subcultures of English language history, from the sporting world to the university campus to ethnic communities. In tracing its development and trajectory throughout the English-speaking world, Jonathon Green offers an impassioned defence for its vitality, showing how slang has grown i...

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