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Jolly Wicked, Actually: The 100 Words that Make Us English (Unabridged)
 
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by Tony Thorne (Author), John Telfer (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 July 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UH7P3K
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Jolly Wicked, Actually is a wonderfully entertaining compendium of the 100 words and phrases that have, over the last century, become the cornerstones of modern spoken English. Despite attempts by politicians and writers, despite lessons in citizenship enshrined in the national curriculum, we have famously never been able to define for posterity precisely what Englishness is.

Jolly Wicked, Actually takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, common, posh, cuppa and chippy, explores their strange and wonderful origins, and demonstrates with wit and charm how they are emblems essential to all our notions of Englishness.

©2009 Tony Thorne; (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, if not for the right reasons 26 Jan 2010
By Mindy
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from my English wife because, as an American ex-pat, I am constantly fascinated by the differences in our respective languages. She was far more disappointed in it than I. It's not bad, so long as you ignore any and all references to American English. The author writes with authority, but his grasp of our usage of English is severely lacking. I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions.

Still, it's an entertaining read and, in parts, quite informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The words that define a nation 8 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Unlike the David Crystal version, this is a book about words that relate to English people and culture.

Goes from irony to sarcasm, encompasses eccentric and quaint and nudges up against queues and jobsworths. Has some grumbling and a jolly time before reaching for the toast.

Very good, and well worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urbane erudition 7 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
I always love Tony Thorne's work, he combines dry wit with his own special brand of urbane erudition that illuminates every page. He's the kind of writer one would love to have at one's dinner table because you know his conversation would be both fascinating and entertaining.
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