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Balderdash & Piffle

Balderdash & Piffle

Alex Games

English is now the world's most popular second language, understood by over 700 million people across the globe. This book lets you discover the stories behind the words and phrases that we use every day.
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Discover the fascinating stories behind the words and phrases we use every day. English is now the world's most popular second language, understood by over 700 million people across the globe. Its use is amazingly broad: not only is it the language of Chaucer and Shakespeare, but also of hip-hop, international business and the internet (over 80% of home pages are in English). So where exactly do English words come from? They come from everywhere. English is a vast, rambling conglomeration of words and phrases from a huge variety of times and places, and every word has its own intriguing history."Balderdash & Piffle" is a guidebook - an entertaining look at what falls out of the chaotic family tree of English words when you uproot it and give it a damn good shake. Shaking the tree is writer, humorist and word-sleuth Alex Games. If you've ever wondered who first used 'cuppa' in print, what language gave us 'shampoo', when we started saying 'window', where 'minging' comes from, what Shakespeare had to say about 'geeks' and why 'berk' is really, really rude, you'll find it all (and much more) inside.You'll also have the chance to do your own word-sleuthing, through the BBC Wordhunt appeal. Who knows - if you have written evidence of a 'bouncy castle' from before 1986, you could even re-write history...

Product Description

Title - Balderdash & Piffle

Edition -

Author - Alex Games

ISBN 13 - 9780563493365

Imprint - BBC Books

Publisher - Ebury Publishing

Date Published - 05/01/2006

Prize -

No. of pages - 304

Binding Type - Hardback

Dimensions - 134 x 193 x 33mm

Weight - 410 g

Languages - English