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Gift of the Gob

Morsels of English Language History

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Gift of the Gob by Kate Burridge
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Why can we fall in love but not in hate? What do codswallop and poppycock share? Why not one house and two hice? How come we scream blue murder, sing the blues and turn the air blue? In Gift of the Gob Kate Burridge explores our language and the everlasting tug-of-love that exists between 'proper' English and its wayward relation: slang. She investigates the place where all that is 'wrong', 'bad' or 'sloppy' slips into everyday use, before becoming 'proper' in its turn! Join Kate on a fascinating journey through English language history, as she untangles words and their meanings, and unearths the centuries of spectacular changes that have transformed the very core of our language. These mouth-filling morsels of English language history demonstrate the poetic ingenuity of common language, and celebrate its remarkable inventiveness.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2010
Author
Pages
320
Country of Publication
Australia
Imprint
ABC Books
Dimensions
209x137x23
ISBN-13
9780733324048
Product ID
3879994

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