The Septic's Companion: A Mercifully Brief Guide to British Culture and Slang
Written by a Brit, the Septic's Companion is a sarcastic guide to the Queenâ��s English and the British way of life. Two thirds of the book is a simple A to Z dictionary of Britishisms; the rest is devoted to the author's delusional rants about a selection of other topics which may confuse visitors to the U.K. These include, but are not limited to: eating, drinking, weight...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Chris Rae
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The Septic's Companion is a fun guide to British culture and slang. The first part of the book describes the UK set-up: political geography, money, education, driving on the other side of the road, etc. The second part is a dictionary of common slang. Sounds dry, doesn't it? Fortunately, Mr. Rae has a snarky wit that will have you giggling, well, from the title page, once he explains Cockney rhyming slang. This book's a lot of fun.
Jul 18, 2009 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who can't figure out BBC America
Amusingly written, if entirely from a male perspective. Covers the basics and would be good enough for most tourists. Live there (or here) for a while, and you'll have chapters to add.