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Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry : Despatches from the hospice of fading words - Ruth Wajnryb

Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry

Despatches from the hospice of fading words

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Wajnryb is the grammarian you always wanted: wise, wearing her erudition lightly and enlivening it with sly humour.' ..Kirkus Reviews..Ruth Wajnryb embarks on a voyage of discovery among the words that once peppered the language of baby boomers and their parents to discover why they seem to be slipping from common use. Why is it that people don't say cheerio' any more, and, come to think of it, why did they in the first place? Do people still tinker with jalopies? And whatever happened to Tom, Dick and Harry, not to mention all those other folk who provided us with such excellent conversational shorthand? Filled with entertaining vignettes and intriguing etymology, Ruth has created an imaginary hospice that offers a caring refuge for pre-loved words that are in imminent danger of being dismissed as obs' (for.. obsolete') or arch' (for archaic') in English dictionaries...Written with Ruth Wajnryb's characteristic intelligence, sly wit and lan, Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry examines the way in which our everyday language reflects and gives expression to the enormous changes that have taken place in our physical and social landscape over the last fifty years or so.

Contents..Acknowledgments..1 The Hospice..PART I As the pace quickens..2 Cheerio..3 Peopled phrases..4 Darn..5 Tinker..6 Hobby..7 Steady..PART II Old ways, old language..8 Jalopy..9 Handkerchief..10 Hats..11 Nongs and yobbos..PART III Quainteries eschewed..12 Colourful language..13 Fixed rejoinders..14 Doubling up..15 Mercers..16 As easy as..17 Useful tits..18 Cockney rhyming slang..19 Odds and sods..PART IV Victims of modern candour..20 Sexuality..21 The fall..22 Dying and death..23 Consumption, hysteria, ticker and coming out..24 Black dog..25 Bad..PART V A new century with its own sensibilities..26 Body bits..27 Mad..28 Stupid..29 Ought..30 Honey..31 Fortitude..32 Modesty..PART VI The past is dead, long live the future..33 Cooking..34 Histor

ISBN: 9781741760460
ISBN-10: 1741760461
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st July 2007
Edition Number: 1