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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091900301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091900304
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 19 May 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm sure the author himself would be the first to admit that the intended scope of this book is ambitious to say the least, but the brilliance with which he nails the salient points to the page is breathtaking. The subtle nuances of budding social interaction are trailed along the printed page like so many pearl necklaces, inviting the reader to explore the development of language at a most important stage in human growth. The astounding level of research, cross references and supporting evidence mean that although this book is easily understood by the lay man, the author has not betrayed his academic roots. I fully expect this book to be on many a reading list come September. Jonathon Blyth, academic, adventurer, guru. To this list we now must add author.
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By A Customer on 4 May 2004
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Was your childhood a happy one? Did you gaily skip amongst the flowers and butterflies, safe in the knowledge that the world was a kind and wonderous place? Well I didn't. And nor did you, you lying get. Instead, you were a nasty little piece of work who enjoyed nothing better than to laugh at other peoples' misfortunes and inadequacies. Well, finally, there's a book for you to read on the toilet; and this is it. This book is for anyone who made a teacher cry, were proud of attitudes which they now find indefensible, or joined a baying crowd of derision that resulted in the unfortunate victim mysteriously never returning after the holidays. Oh, and it's really, REALLY funny.

Update: This book contains NO entries by that braying yokel Justin Lee Collins; nothing by the 'skull with a rubber johnny stretched over it' that is Christian O'Connell; nothing by that woman who is presumably a stand-up, but who you WOULD. It has stories that have been included because they are FUNNY. Not because they happened to someone who is...er...*laughs*...famous.
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By A Customer on 7 May 2004
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Uptight about spelling and grammar? Nobody believes that you're really married? What if you're a lousy pub singer without any hope of getting a real job? Or maybe your school nickname was Luton Airport Runway.
If you're any of the above (and more) than this is the book for you.
A hilarious, retrospective look at your school days and those kids that made you laugh so much, milk came out of your nose (were you even drinking milk at the time?)
Well worth the wait.
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This book is simply chuffing great. It's funnier than a broken pit pony and will give you more laughs than you're ever likely to find at a comedy night down at the Huddersfield Emporium. Buy it now.
And you know what the icing on the cake is? Jimmy Carr is NOT in it. Not ONCE. That, for me, is the mark of true perfection.
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Not only does Log-chan's book document our juvenile vocabulary from days past, it shows nicknames, pranks and rhymes that you may not have heard yourself. There's so much in it I had completely forgotten about, and shows how silly and hilarious/sick kids can be.
I've been passing this round the office and has proven most popular. You gotta have a copy, then you'll learn about things like lunchbox hierarchy and what a spooner is. You'll be asked questions on this later, so pay attention!
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I’d forgotten a lot of the frankly ridiculous behaviour I engaged in as a child. All sorts of mild innuendo could produce a tittering tsunami at my school and also it seems at Jonathan Blythe’s school too. This book is sure to spark long unrecalled school incidents (you have been warned). I’d forgotten that the word eraser had to be used instead of rubber and arriving instead of coming, otherwise there would be uproar. I had a lot of giggles reading this book and read it in one evening. It would make a nice present for an old school friend.
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I laughed until I cried, mentally ticking off all the pranks/jokes/violence inflicted on my classmates & myself. I have had to hide my copy somewhere very safe out of fear that my 11 year old would find out just what the comments of 'lively' on my school reports really alluded to. This is a must for anyone who has ever been to school & a waste of time for those that haven't because you wouldn't understand what the words meant...
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This is simply perfect: so funny you'll have a crowd gathering outside the bathroom, as you chortle away on the bog. There's also a real nostalgia kick from reading about the stuff you used to do at school. It's a sort of funny version of the Opies' work on childhood. It's a little less filthy than the not entirely dissimilar Viz Profanasaurus, but still quite rude. Volume 2, please.
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