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Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain

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Did you know that . . . a soldier's biggest social blunder is called jack brew - making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else? That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can't be identified - LBJ (the letters stand for Little Brown Job)? Or that builders call plastering the ceiling doing Lionel Richie's dancefloor? Susie Dent does.

Ever wondered why foo

Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by John Murray
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Sarah Parker
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, informative and very well written!

Any lover of words needs to have this book in their arsenal, it's chock full of interesting tidbits from bygone days as well as including some of the more modern phrases that have worked their way into everyday parlance. Including interesting facts and stories to back up the words, this is almost as useful as a foreign language phrasebook!

The book is split into what Dent refers to as "tribes" within our society. Each of these groups of individuals comes w
Sian Powell
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read with some crossover with the 'Etymologicon'. There were some fascinating insights into some of the language used with different parts of society. However, I listened to this on audio and I found the words came to thick and fast to take in almost. I think this would be a good book to have to dip in and out of and take time to absorb some of the unusual words and facts in it.
Sandy Millin
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a signed copy of this for Christmas last year, and have been working my way through it slowly over the past couple of months. I finished it this morning and found the whole thing absolutely fascinating. I particularly enjoyed it when I recognised some of the words. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about language change too, which I often hear as an English Language teacher working abroad. Highly recommended.
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this would be theory for the layman but instead it's just lists of words. The lists of words for each tribe is incomplete, as is the list of tribes, not to mention lots of the definitions being a) already public knowledge b) wrong or c) completely irrelevant and disinteresting to anyone who doesn't already know them. I have absolutely no idea what the point of this book was meant to be.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to read all these kinds of slang different groups use.
I also recognise some of the slang which is very funny to see something you
think is not that well known is also written down in this book.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and amusing look at the slang words and acronyms used by various groups of people in Britain.
Debbie Cleaveley
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and fun. What’s not to like ?
Lee Johnson
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Great to pick out categories that you are particularly interested in. Not so good to read in one chunk (like I did)!
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