Contents Acknowledgments 1 The Hospice PART I As the pace quickens 2 Cheerio 3 Peopled phrases 4 Darn 5 Tinker 6 Hobby 7 Steady PART II Old ways, old language 8 Jalopy 9 Handkerchief 10 Hats 11 Nongs and yobbos PART III Quainteries eschewed 12 Colourful language 13 Fixed rejoinders 14 Doubling up 15 Mercers 16 As easy as 17 Useful tits 18 Cockney rhyming slang 19 Odds and sods PART IV Victims of modern candour 20 Sexuality 21 The fall 22 Dying and death 23 Consumption, hysteria, ticker and coming out 24 Black dog 25 Bad PART V A new century with its own sensibilities 26 Body bits 27 Mad 28 Stupid 29 Ought 30 Honey 31 Fortitude 32 Modesty PART VI The past is dead, long live the future 33 Cooking 34 Histor
Answers the questions: why don't people say 'cheerio' anymore (and why did they in the first place)? and do people still tinker with jalopies? Intelligent, witty and amusing Filled with entertaining vignettes, fun facts and intriguing etymology Will appeal to anyone who love words.
Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer. She has a regular weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Saturday Spectrum' in which she explores often offbeat linguistic topics with that lightness of touch she brings to this new project. This is her third book with Allen & Unwin and her twelfth in total.