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Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Chapman
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Would you like to go to a penny gaff with a scammered moll? Give me a half tusheroon from your mollsack, and then we can have an ‘aipenny bumper. Are you still a booze-shunter or have you become one of those balloon juice lowerers? Did you hear about the spunk faker who got batty fanged by a pudding scammerer? Look at that marm-puss in an arse-cooler, the one walking past the muffin-walloper: I’ll bet she tips the velvet. And don’t forget - if you don’t want to visit the carsey you can always have a bit of cockney luxury.

If you understand what’s being said above, you don’t need to buy Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet – you obviously speak like a Victorian Londoner already. However, if you want to understand the strange world of Victorian slang, Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet will introduce you to some of the more ear-catching words found in the everyday speech of 19th century Londoners.

Whether you are an ‘appy dosser, a bumaree, a fingersmith or a mush-fencer, I’ll wager my beaver that this book will give you some of the words you need when you talk to a bangtail or a blower.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CTPR598
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener! 24 Jun 2014
By roy
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Eye opener that grasps your attention and keeps your interest until the final page of this strange and intriguing bppk
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good... but needs more work. 15 April 2014
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Working through the book, you find how variable it is.

Too many entries refer back to other entries, and there's seldom an indication as to the class and period in which a term was current. The book starts strongly with supplementary detail, but this peters out.

Too often it falls back on 'explaining' rhyming-slang, and ignores other forms of London slang, that have persisted. Jokey references to German sausages are fine, but did they refer to Queen Victoria's choice of husband, or to her daughters' chosen husbands. And do they count as 'slang' in Victorian London?

Probably, 'Victorian' is too long a period to cover, especially for London... 1837 to 1901 is a big task. Imagine trying to cover the last 64 years of London slang... I doubt it'd be possible.

As it is, this book may be of use to you if you're puzzled by something written by a Victorian author using contemporary London slang, and draws on sources such as Henry Mayhew, but you can't rely on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little book 5 April 2014
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This short book was quite interesting. It contained, as you would imagine, lots of archaic words and expressions, that are no longer used today. Some of these were easily understandable, and some were extremely obscure, but it gave a glimpse into the underbelly of victorian society, - not quite as repressed and respectable as many people like to think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference manual for writers or history buffs 15 Mar 2014
By Jeanne - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read on my iPhone, easy to navigate, and arranged in alpha order. It has a linked table of contents that will take you right to the entry you're looking for so you don't have to reread the entire book or flip pages. What you can't find surfing the Internet and various blog posts can be found here. Handy, concise reference for fiction writers when they want to add a little extra depth to their characters.
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