Trench Talk: Words of the First World War

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The First World War largely directed the course of the 20th century. Fought on three continents, the war saw 14 million killed and 34 million wounded. Its impact shaped the world we live in today, and the language of the trenches continues to live in the modern consciousness. One of the enduring myths of World War I is that the experience of the trenches was not talked about. Yet dozens of words entered or became familiar in the English language as a direct result of the soldiers? experiences. This book...

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Overview

The First World War largely directed the course of the 20th century. Fought on three continents, the war saw 14 million killed and 34 million wounded. Its impact shaped the world we live in today, and the language of the trenches continues to live in the modern consciousness. One of the enduring myths of World War I is that the experience of the trenches was not talked about. Yet dozens of words entered or became familiar in the English language as a direct result of the soldiers’ experiences. This book looks at how the experience of World War I changed the English language, adding words that were both in slang and standard military use, and modifying the usage and connotations of existing words and phrases. Illustrated with material from the authors’ collections and photographs of the objects of the war, the book will look at how the words emerged into everyday language.

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"I think any word-lover would enjoy this book. If you're a history buff too, it's a must have. It expertly balances context and trivia, history and lexicon, gravitas and humor." — Visual Thesaurus.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752471549
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Doyle is a military historian specializing in the role of terrain in warfare. He is a visiting professor at University College London, and is cosecretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. Julian Walker is an artist and writer. He works with the Learning Department at the British Library, where he leads workshops on language, literature, art, history, and printing. He is the author of Discovering Words and Evolving English Explored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Wingnut

    Delirious... what a suspenseful title and chapter!! I can't wait to read more!! Go Perry!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Don't Look Back

    Don't Look Back

    PART 1- Delirious

    Chapter 1

    I sit on my bed, staring at the wall like I can burn a hole through it if I try hard enough. And I wish I could. I could run and run until I find the end of it all.
    I live with my closest friend, Trent, and our adopted family. My experience when I was only five left a scar on my mind. This scar puts off insanity like radiation. I am insane. No, not insane- traumatized. Disturbed.
    "You okay, Perry?" Trent asks. I hear him enter my room. I also hear the caution in his voice. I lash out sometimes.
    "Yeah." I changed my name to Perry to forget about my old life. I am not Faizah, the young, cheerful girl anymore. I am Perry, the solemn, but still young teenager who has already seen too much of life.
    "I was wondering if you wanted to come shopping with me. I'm going to the mall." He offers.
    I frown at him. "You? Shopping?"
    Trent smiles. "No, guess not. What do you want to do?"
    I drop my joking mood. "I want to leave. I want to get away."
    He looks understanding. He, too, is broken inside. His parents abandoned him. "Okay. How about you go hang out with some friends today? Get everything off your mind." He suggests.
    I nod slowly. "What about the others?" We live with a group of orphaned teens like ourselves, and kids, too.
    "I got that. You just go chill out."
    I hold his gaze, which is the colored of polished jade. He has black hair and tanned skin, and he's rather handsome. Then, I stand and leave. With each step, I feel like I'm stepping closer to falling into a pit.
    One that never ends.

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