Lost English: Words and Phrases that Have Vanished from Our Language

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Lost English: Words and Phrases that Have Vanished from Our Language
Author: Chris Roberts
Publisher: Michael O’Mara
Publication date: 2009
ISBN: 184317278X
Number of pages: 176
Format / Quality: EPUB
Size: 0,8 MB

In the last 30 years, a large number of once commonplace words, phrases, and expressions have disappeared without trace from common usage in the UK. And with them have gone a number of goods, services, and everyday objects that were once an important part of their everyday lives. Where did they go and why? Lost English takes a look at how our language changes and explores the influence of differing cultures on one another. For example, the pace of modern life and the influence of America on the UK has forever impacted that country’s sociological formation, and rapid advances in technology have made certain products obsolete. It includes such entries as: “Charlie’s Dead,” a euphemism used to tell a girl that her petticoat is showing; “dekko,” take a quick look or glance; “brilliantine,” or a men’s hair dressing product; and “Nippy,” the name given to waitresses in Lyons Corner Houses. Lost English illuminates all these terms and much more. It’s a fantastic gift for all those interested in history and the English language and a fascinating look at times past.

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