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Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang [Paperback]

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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 2006
Publisher   Canongate U.S.
ISBN  1841958344  
EAN  9781841958347  

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An entertaining and informative compendium of "Britspeak" takes a close-up look at the colorful expressions, terms, and phrases of British slang, uncovering the origins and history, correct usage, and etymology of everything from "sweet as a nut" to "wanking chariot." Original.

Publishers Description
Brits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants, pass music back and forth across the Atlantic, and our national leaders are practically conjoined twins. But the second the Brits open their mouths, all bets are off. So don't dream of visiting the UK, dating a Brit, or truly understanding what Jude Law is saying without this handy, hilarious, and informative guide to Britspeak. With the cheekiness of Austin Powers and the tidbit quotient of Schott's Miscellany, screenwriter Jonathan Bernstein's collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and “high British” favorites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even life saving hilarity. And if it doesn't accomplish that, at least you'll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a “wally,” a “herbert,” a “spanner,” or a “bampot,” he's not showering you with compliments. Knickers in a Twist is as indispensable as a London city guide, as spot-on funny as an episode of The Office, and as edifying as Born to Kvetch and Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

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For those who are not familar with British slang  Jul 10, 2008
I am completely, and utterly in love with England, every single aspect of it is lovely. I was surprised that a book on British Slang was out, I went out and bought it the very next day. As soon as I got home I stuffed it into my bag for school the next day. During one class when I had finished my work earlier I decided to open this book up, what a horrible decision! This book was absolutely hilarious! Which was bad since the rest of the class was finishing a test, and I had to leave the room to get rid of my laughter.

Now I use these terms all over the school that leaves other students stare at me with bewilderment. It's great to know terms that others are not familiar with.
excellent delivery time and excellent condition  Jun 22, 2008
A funny book to read, and very interesting to see the similarities and differences in the English language. To see words that look and mean things so very different from the English I know.
Not for just the ol' blue rinsers ...  Apr 24, 2008
A very well compiled and concise collection of British slang and colloquial expressions that seemingly date back two hundred years. However a good fifty percent are more common to the last forty years and probably another thirty percent are the last fifteen to a close ten. While this tome might be devoid of the more obscure statements like: "Jimmy Hill", no one's going to notice or fault the compilers for it.

This is a good writers reference for anyone on the island or across the pond. Anyone interested in seeking other quality slang reference books can look here:

1. The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

2. The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

3. Urban Dictionary: Street Slang Defined

4. Depraved and Insulting English

5. The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate

6. The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

7. How Not To Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms

Got that, Gaffer? Cheers, me old son!

How to speak "English" for Americans!  Apr 4, 2008
Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang

Although some of the phrases mentioned in the book are widely used in the USA, it still is a very interesting and educational book for the about-to- be tourist, or just English movie fan. I know I found out what "bobby dazzler" means.
Insightful  Feb 29, 2008
There were a few words I didn't find in the book that I'd already heard, but other than that... I'd have to say add it to your collection. It's a bit small, still the vocab is worth reading. Reading this you'll gain some insight that will make you drop your mouth open at some point.

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