Jolly Wicked Actually: The Hundred Words That Make Us English

by Tony Thorne

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Another book on the English language but these are always so fascinating and interesting we can’t get enough of them! This one looks at the origins of words and phrases in English, how they help to make up our quirky and wonderful language.

Jolly Wicked Actually: The Hundred Words That Make Us English Synopsis

JOLLY WICKED ACTUALLY is a wonderfully entertaining compendium of the hundred words and phrases that have over the last century become the cornerstones of modern spoken English, and have been used - sometimes deliberately, but often inadvertently - to stake out the common identity that unites the English, to define what makes us who we are, and thus different from those beastly foreigners who lurk just off our shores.

Despite attempts by politicians and writers, despite lessons in citizenship enshrined in the national curriculum, we have famously never been able to define for posterity precisely what Englishness is. JOLLY WICKED ACTUALLY takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, common, posh, cuppa, and chippy, explores their strange and wonderful origins, and demonstrates with wit and charm how they are emblems of an era or an attitude, of a heritage and of the traits and quirks essential to all our notions of Englishness.

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ISBN: 9780349121031
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349121031
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: Tony Thorne
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Slang & dialect humour, Humour collections & anthologies,

About Tony Thorne

Tony Thorne is Language and Innovation consultant and director of the New Language Archive at King's College, London. He broadcasts regularly on radio, including for the BBC, and has been a Hollywood script consultant and an EU adviser on language and communication.

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