Jolly Wicked, Actually: 100 Words That Make Us English

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Little, Brown Book Group, Dec 3, 2009 - Humor - 288 pages
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A JOLLY DECENT CUPPA ... 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. A JOLLY DECENT CUPPA ... takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, fair play, shag, common, posh, cuppa, chippy or the full monty, 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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User Review  - Katya Whittaker - Goodreads

Not bad, but had to be done in small bites, as could get quite tedious! Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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