Don't You Know There's a War On?

by Nigel Rees

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month History The Real World

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In dictionary format; presenting the history and facts behind some of the most famous wartime words and phrases. These were World Wars so the origins discussed are multi-national giving some intriguing insights into German, French and Japanese slogans in particular. Great for word lovers of course, but it’s also an invaluable reference to keep on hand for when a history book throws up the unexpected.

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Don't You Know There's a War On? Synopsis

Nigel Rees presents a nostalgic and witty guide to wartime catchphrases, from the now ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' to lesser-known gems such as 'lions led by donkeys'. Following his hugely popular survey of domestic sayings, More Tea Vicar?, Rees returns with a examination of the catchphrases that saw us through wartime Britain and are still relevant in times of crisis today. Including domestic phrases of the time, propaganda, and slang developed by soldiers abroad, the book describes the provenance and notable uses of familiar phrases that we tend to trot out unthinkingly as a way of dealing with life's little difficulties and embarrassments.

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ISBN: 9781906388997
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Batsford Ltd an imprint of Anova Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781906388997
Publication date: 7th July 2011
Author: Nigel Rees
Publisher: Batsford Ltd an imprint of Anova Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,
Categories: Second World War, Dictionaries of quotations, Humour collections & anthologies,

About Nigel Rees

Nigel Rees is an outstanding author whose many books have mostly been concerned with the popular use of the English language and especially the humour that derives from it. As a broadcaster, he is best known as deviser and presenter of BBC Radio's Quote...Unquote programme, which has been delighting audiences for over 25 years.

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