First published in 1961, this book explores the form of the comic alphabet. Whether through poems, prose or phonetics, the alphabet has become a way in which mankind has taken pleasure in playing with words and phrases. Indeed, approaches can vary significantly from the almost moronically humorous to the ingenious and genuinely witty and this book looks at the reasons how and why the comic alphabet came to possess the arguably sophisticated form in which people know it today.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Part 1: Comic Alphabets 1. The Origin of Comic Alphabets 2. Victoriana 3. Ribaldry- A Brief Note 4. Exortica Part 2: The Comic Phonetic Alphabet 5. Before Clapham and Dwyer 6. The Age of Clapham and Dwyer 7. After Clapham and Dwyer 8. Geographical Distribution 9. Linguistic and Social Stratification 10. Variants 11. The Comic Phonetic Alphabet as a Game; Index of Subjects and Authors
This series reissues important selected works by Eric Partridge, covering the period from 1933 to 1968. Together, the books look at many and diverse aspects of language, focusing in particular on English. Included in the collection are a variety of insightful dictionaries and reference works that showcase some of Partridge’s best work. The books are creative, as well as practical, and will provide enjoyable reading for both scholars and the more general reader, who has an interest in language and linguistics.