Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

By: Max Decharne (author)Paperback

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Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. Over several centuries and across international borders, VULGAR TONGUES is the story of how the English language of Shakespeare's day fragmented and twisted into all kinds of shapes, as people like pickpockets, beggars, sailors, musicians, gangsters, whores, politicians, gypsies, soldiers, gays and lesbians, policemen, rappers, cockneys, biker gangs and circus folk seized the King's or Queen's English by the throat and took it to places it would probably regret in the morning.

About Author

Max Decharne is an author, songwriter and musician. He has recorded numerous albums and singles, and eight John Peel Sessions as the singer with The Flaming Stars. A regular contributor to Mojo magazine since 1998, his books include Hardboiled Hollywood, King's Road, the jive-talk dictionary Straight From The Fridge, Dad, and A Rocket in my Pocket, a history of rockabilly music (Serpent's Tail 2010) as well as the 2016 work Vulgar Tongues - An Alternative History of English Slang.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781846688287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9781846688287
  • weight: 332
  • ISBN10: 1846688280

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