Though, a quick read, it was enjoyable. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? As someone who's fascinated with linguistics in general, I loved this book. I was frustrated most of the time reading this book. Some of the words are so very common that they have long ago jumped the ocean and are in everyday use here. Instead, it was a few, which demonstrated to me how our two countries' shared language differs.
Who has added it her pile of things to read. I feel that I should start off this review by admitting that I've never been to Britain. The title pretty much explains the premise of the book--a dictionary of common British phrases, with brief explanatory paragraphs for context, separated into category-based chapters home, food, etc. Why do we refer to powerless politicians as âlame ducksâ? I loved reading about the origins of some common and not-so-common British idioms. With those words and phrases were some interesting origins, but most of those were just a descriptions of things Americans already knew.
I have a weird obsession with England a. I received this book through Greatread's first-reads giveaway program. Why do we refer to powerless politicians as âlame ducksâ? Before gutters and street drains were in common use, houses had wide eaves to allow rain to fall far from the walls and windows. The explanations are relatively short a paragraph or a bit more and moving onto the next entry. I tend toward the former way, of course, but the latter makes sense to me, too.
Very informative, but not what I was expecting. Not as good as I'd hoped. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? Many of the included slang is also frequently heard in America although a few phrases coined as American were unfamiliar to me. And I find it difficult to believe that doolally is used or know by most Brits. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? How did âposhâ become such a stylish word? Why do we refer to powerless politicians as âlame ducksâ? I totally recommend this book to those who would like to add a little Brit to their talk or just want get a little bit more understanding of the basic British slang.
And lo and behold, it seems to have come about because of Cockney rhyming slang: Donkey's years Meaning A very long time. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. It isn't exactly groundbreaking though and you can find other books of a similar nature I think 'Stuff That Brits Like' is very similar to this in format. Otherwise I'd recommend the library but I wouldn't rush out to read it either. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? Some of the words are so very common that they have long ago jumped the ocean and are in everyday use here. It's arranged roughly by theme with words associated with that particular theme food, people, language, manners and mannerisms, etc. For a more fun look at British colloquialisms see the glossary in any of Louise Rennison's hilarious juvenile novels.
If you are an Anglophile at all, or if you enjoy learning about the history of languages, you will enjoy this. I expected that this book was of the same ilk but it was not. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. If you are traveling to Great Britain and want an essential guide to assist you through the journey, I suggest you find a good drinking mate and totter along with them to see you though. Overall, this book is ok, I don't recommend reading it with a family with younger children although you can just skip the words , but overall it was a decent reading experience, but at least the cover is cute! Nevertheless, I plan to add some to my lexicon. This short little book looks at some common and not so common British words and phrases. I was frustrated most of the time reading this book.
Still there was a fair bit of amusing word play here and on the whole the definitions provided, as well as the history lessons, were enlightening and fun. As a side note, I found that my mom used a lot of the sayings found in this book. There was a good opening chapter on language, society and changes to common usage. It isn't exactly groundbreaking though and you can find other books of a similar nature I think 'Stuff That Brits Like' is very similar to this in format. Luckily, I'm an Anglophile and knew what it meant, but most Americans would be at a loss. So, one did; namely, I did.
How did âposhâ become such a stylish word? The book did frequently give some good historical context but overall it provided both too much and too little content to be satisfying. Now that I've read it, I will ship off my copy to my English mother since it will surely give her a chuckle or two. Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. I ordered this book and didn't realize it was only 116 pages.
This short little book looks at some common and not so common British words and phrases. In the British code of behavior, this simply isn't done, except of course, these days, in the interests of national security. Moore made a name for himself on this side of the pond with the sleeper success of his previous book, In Other Words. I liked the quick and succinct history lessons included in each definition. I'm so glad to have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads :! Hence eavesdroppers were those who listened in to private conversations. It is more like a humorous dictionary than a book, and would be a perfect coffee table book or a present for anyone who will be visiting the British Isles. But the writing is light and breezy for the most part, some of the inclusions are either fun, head-scratching or suspect as to the veracity of the actual reality of the word.