That's the Ticket for Soup!

That's the Ticket for Soup! Victorian Views on Vocabulary as Told in the Pages of 'Punch'

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Synopsis

The vocabulary of past times, no longer used in English, is always fascinating, especially when we see how it was pilloried by the satirists of the day. Here we have Victorian high and low society, with its fashionable and unfashionable slang, its class awareness and the jargon of steam engines, motor cars and other products of the Industrial Revolution. Then as now, people had strong feelings about the flood of new words entering English. Swearing, new street names and the many borrowings from French provoked continual irritation and mockery, as did the Americanisms increasingly encountered in the British press. In this intriguing collection, David Crystal has pored through the pages of the satirical magazine, Punch, between its first issue in 1841 and the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, and extracted the articles and cartoons that poked fun at the jargon of the day, adding a commentary on the context of the times and informative glossaries. In doing so he reveals how many present-day feelings about words have their origins over a century ago.

Book information

ISBN: 9781851245529
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Imprint: Bodleian Library
Pub date:
DEWEY: 420.9
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 15138
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 600g
Height: 169mm
Width: 217mm
Spine width: 19mm