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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032722
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Tobin is a freelance writer with Evening Standard. She has had articles published in numerous national newspapers, including The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Times. This is her first book.

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By Lynne Sycamore on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this little book on spec but found it "IMMENSE".
For parents who are concerned about what their kids are up to, it is a must. It decodes the esoteric language used by teens to speak to eachother. If you are worried about that text, overheard conversation or internet message; or, if want to interpret the coded message on that birthday card, then look no further than this.
If you want to appear "COOL" when texting, e-mailing, or writing to your kids-- I recommend this as your source-book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EddieMan on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from a friend, expecting for it to be just another pointless coffee table book with out-of-date so-called teenage slang from a mercenary author targeting her deomographic - parents of teens as potential buyers - and I was right.

The slang used by young people is fickle indeed and changes completely from region to region, clique to clique, town to town, school to school, black to white - and it changes completely every few days/weeks/months (so much so that years 7s at school speak differently from year 9s).

Moreover, if parents know what it all means (as is the case with the out of date examples in this tedious tome) then its original purpose no longer exists and it is jettisoned by teenagers fast. There is NO such thing as Teenglish! Trust me - I'm a lecturer in English language and literature and an author too.

What also irritates about this book is that this author is clearly just another over-privileged mediocrities whose contacts and parental wealth have shoe-horned her into her journalist gig - and that is how she gets in the BBC all the time too to promote her publications.

I know plenty of better writers and ex-journalists who quite simply cannot afford to be journalists and have not got the contacts to benefit from the croneyism, old-school-tie, jobs for the girls, old girls club, nepotism that this writer has benefitted from. I know of plenty of better books not promoted on the BBC - because they do not have the family wealth or contacts.

My advice: don't bother wasting your money or time on this book. Stand at a bus stop (I wonder how often the author did that when growing up!) and LISTEN to teenagers direct. Or buy a decent guide to English usage - there are plenty out there.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YS Levey on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my Grandma as she is always complaining about not understanding half the words I say!! She loved it and as yet cannot be stopped from quoting from the book and using every word hilariously innappropriately. Its brought much fun and humour to our family visits and I think my Grandma now really feels in touch with my generation! Great book, concise, easy to read and well written.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DY on 6 Sept. 2009
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This book is a perfect gift...smartly researched and very witty...the only problem is you might want to keep it for yourself. Buy this for your parents who don't understand you! Buy this for your siblings who are off the university! Buy this for your friends!
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