Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain

Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain

Dent s Modern Tribes The Secret Languages of Britain Did you know that a soldier s biggest social blunder is called jack brew making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can t be identifie

  • Title: Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain
  • Author: Susie Dent
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Did you know that a soldier s biggest social blunder is called jack brew making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can t be identified LBJ the letters stand for Little Brown Job Or that builders call plastering the ceiling doing Lionel Richie s dancefloor Susie Dent does.Ever wondered why fooDid you know that a soldier s biggest social blunder is called jack brew making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can t be identified LBJ the letters stand for Little Brown Job Or that builders call plastering the ceiling doing Lionel Richie s dancefloor Susie Dent does.Ever wondered why football managers all speak the same way, what a cabbie calls the Houses of Parliament, or how ticket inspectors discreetly request back up We are surrounded by hundreds of tribes, each speaking their own distinct slanguage of colourful words, jokes and phrases, honed through years of conversations on the battlefield, in AE, backstage, or at ten thousand feet in the air Susie Dent has spent years interviewing hundreds of professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and the result is an idiosyncratic phrasebook like no other From the Freemason s handshake to the publican s banter, Dent s Modern Tribes takes us on a whirlwind tour of Britain, decoding its secret languages and, in the process, finds out what really makes us all tick.

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    Funny, informative and very well written!Any lover of words needs to have this book in their arsenal, it's chock full of interesting tidbits from bygone days as well as including some of the more modern phrases that have worked their way into everyday parlance. Including interesting facts and stories to back up the words, this is almost as useful as a foreign language phrasebook!The book is split into what Dent refers to as "tribes" within our society. Each of these groups of individuals comes w [...]

    This was an interesting read with some crossover with the 'Etymologicon'. There were some fascinating insights into some of the language used with different parts of society. However, I listened to this on audio and I found the words came to thick and fast to take in almost. I think this would be a good book to have to dip in and out of and take time to absorb some of the unusual words and facts in it.

    I was given a signed copy of this for Christmas last year, and have been working my way through it slowly over the past couple of months. I finished it this morning and found the whole thing absolutely fascinating. I particularly enjoyed it when I recognised some of the words. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about language change too, which I often hear as an English Language teacher working abroad. Highly recommended.

    Very interesting to read all these kinds of slang different groups use. I also recognise some of the slang which is very funny to see something youthink is not that well known is also written down in this book.

    Great to pick out categories that you are particularly interested in. Not so good to read in one chunk (like I did)!

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