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We're chuffed to bits to present this tour of Ole Blighty's lingo. It's the dog's bollocks! Try it out on the lads down your local, have a few pints, and don't worry about sounding naff - if it all goes pear-shaped, wait for the sound of 'Oh, bless!' as they pat you on the back and buy you another bevvie.

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Overview

We're chuffed to bits to present this tour of Ole Blighty's lingo. It's the dog's bollocks! Try it out on the lads down your local, have a few pints, and don't worry about sounding naff - if it all goes pear-shaped, wait for the sound of 'Oh, bless!' as they pat you on the back and buy you another bevvie.

-Features special sections on Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, and Scots (Lallans).
-Lonely Planet's English Language & Culture series gets behind the scenes of languages you thought you knew.
-Get into the culture and humour behind common - and not so common - English expressions and learn about the local languages that inspired them.

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This pocket-sized book plunges right into the meaning of scores of colorful but baffling expressions one encounters in British English...' --Chicago Tribune, August 5, 2007
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781864502862
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Lonely Planet Language and Culture Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 3.70 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Short History     7
Beginnings     8
Recent history     14
Features of English     16
Speaking British English     23
Pronunciation     23
Grammar     25
Phrasing     28
Body language     29
Greetings     30
Etiquette     31
Weather     35
Lifestyle & society     37
Home     37
Family     42
Education     44
Work     47
Love & dating     50
Politics & government     51
Town & country     55
Travel & transport     61
Driving     61
Public transport     65
Holidaying     68
Food & drink     69
Eating     70
Typical British food     72
Drinks & drinking     82
Sport     89
Football     89
Cricket     94
Rugby union     97
Rugby league     100
Other sports, games & hobbies     101
Entertainment     105
Theatre & cinema     105
Radio & TV     107
Music & clubs     109
Festivals     114
Shopping     116
Slang     123
Everyday slang     124
Street talk     134
Swearwords & obscenities     139
Misunderstandings     145
Confusing terms     145
Miscellaneous words & expressions     150
Regional variations     159
What's a dialect?     160
Britain's linguistic regions     162
Bidialectal bliss     163
London & the Southeast     163
Southwest England     170
West Midlands     174
East Midlands & Yorkshire     179
Northeast England     182
Wales     191
Scotland     196
Regional languages     203
Welsh     203
Scottish Gaelic     217
Cornish     232
Scot (Lallans)     234
Wordfinder     235
Index     253
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