Balderdash & Piffle

Balderdash Piffle Discover the fascinating stories behind the words and phrases we use every day English is now the worlds most popular second language understood by over million people across the globe Its use is

  • Title: Balderdash & Piffle
  • Author: Alex Games
  • ISBN: 9780563493365
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Discover the fascinating stories behind the words and phrases we use every day English is now the worlds 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 EnglishDiscover the fascinating stories behind the words and phrases we use every day English is now the worlds 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, humourist and word sleuth Alex Games If youve 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, youll find it all and much inside Youll 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

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    • How I Came To Read This Book: I was doing an internship in the Books & Audiobooks department at the BBC UK and I spotted this book in our prizing archives. The nice ladies in my department told me I could snag a copy and bring it home with me, which I gladly did. The Plot: This book is basically a study of some of our most popular phrases and expressions – a virtual treasure trove of some of the most fascinating stories of etymology out there. It does focus a fair bit on British slang and [...]


    • I've definitely been going through on an English language non-fiction splurge as of late. I picked this book up for 75p; I did watch the TV show, and I loved that so I thought the book would be a good read. It is basically a collection of some of the most popular expressions and phrases in the English language - it's really a treasure trove of etymology stories! It really does cover a bit of everything - including many a profanity, which is always a bit of entertainment! The one story that stick [...]


    • A very interesting book. I am fascinated by the English language, so much so that I wish I had enough money to do a course. But then if I had enough money to do a course perhaps I would do Theology. I digress.Anyway, this isn't a scholarly tome but a fun look at the evolution of the English language. Some parts seem a little rushed, but it does provide a broad scope rather than an in depth analysis.I'd certainly recommend the book, though it does cover profanity and swear words so if you're sens [...]


    • I thought this book sounded delightful, and I have enjoyed books about language in the past. That perhaps, was the trouble. After reading the introduction as a sample chapter on the kindle, I didn't want to keep reading. The light, jovial tone came across as watered-down and condescending rather than charmingI'm sure there are some interesting word anecdotes in Balderdash and Piffle, but I didn't want to hear them in this way.


    • I really enjoyed this book about the history of the good old English language. This really stimulated an interest in where words come from and their origins. I especially enjoyed the chapter about swearwords as they are such widely used and controversial words.


    • A fireworks of words and description of their meanings. Quite an interesting read, but I couldn't say if I have remembered much- so many stories, so quickly fired after each other. Still interesting though.


    • I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy words, language, idioms in general, so this book was well-matched to that interest. It's also well-written, light and entertaining. An enjoyable read for anyone who likes wordplay, puns or scrabble!




    • More a 4.5 then a 5, but definitely entertaining, informative, and a 5 for managing to deepen further still my love for the language.


    • Five out of ten.The stories behind the words and phrases we use every day. Interesting as a reference.







    • I loved finding out about the origins of the words in the book, words you never thought were as old as they are, modern phrases and where they've come from, it's all highly interesting!


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