Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

by Max Decharne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777900
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 410,625
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Max Décharné is a writer and musician. He writes about music regularly for Mojo magazine, where he is their chief authority on the subject of rockabilly music, which he has followed and played since the 1970s. His work has also appeared in the Sunday Times (London), the Times Literary Supplement among others. He is the author of six previous books including Hardboiled Hollywood: The True Crime Stories that Inspired the Great Noir Films (Pegasus) and Straight from the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang (Broadway). He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: The Mark of a Decadent Mind 1

Slang Origins: Vagabond Speech and Rogue's Latin 27

1 The Beast with Two Backs 57

2 The Oldest Profession 78

3 This Bag of Bones 96

4 Polari Missiles 123

5 Here's to Crime 151

6 Tails You Booze 177

7 High as a Kite 200

8 Dig that Sound 228

9 It Takes a Record Company with Millions to Push Us Forward 255

10 Burn Baby Burn 281

11 Uniform Patterns of Speech 301

12 The Last Word 329

Bibliography 339

Index 358

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