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1st Edition

Words, Words Words!

ISBN 9781138915473
Published February 14, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1933 (this edition in 1939), this book sees Partridge introducing the reader to the eccentric lexicographers Wesley and Captain Grose. In an entertaining way, the book jovially explores and discusses various words and phrases such as "bloody", euphemisms, the Devil’s nicknames, various versions of slang, and familiar terms of address. He does so with light-worn learning making the book of interest to a whole variety of readers.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Part 1: An Etymological Medly  1. Offensive ationality  2. Footpads and Highwaymen  3. The Devil and His Nicknames  4. Familiar Terms of Address  5. Rhyming Slang, Black Slang, and Other Oddities  6. The Art of Lightening Work  7. The Philology of Christmas  8. All Fools’ Day  9. Representative Names  10. American Cant  11. The Word Bloody  12. Euphemism and Euphemisms  Part 2: Semi-Biographical  13. One of John Wesley’s Side-Lines  14. Johnson’s Dictionary  15. A Falstaff among Antiquaries  Part 3: Aspects of Soldiers’ Slang  16. British Soldiers’ Slang with a Past  17. German Army Slang   18. The Slang of the POILU 19. Soldiers’ Slang of Three Nations  Appendices  1. Boxing Day  2. Some Groups of ‘Tommy’ Words  3. The POILU on Himself and Others;  Index

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Eric Partridge