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Balderdash & Piffle: One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner by [Games, Alex]
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"It's the kind of show that sticks a boot up the posterior of those who claim the BBC is only interested in dumbing down pap these days" (Dominik Diamond Daily Star)

"It was fun, instructive and will appeal to the scholarly in all of us. I see no earthly reason why it should not, as it used to say on theatre posters, run and run" (Peter Paterson Daily Mail)

"Fascinating" (The Times)

"Balderdash and Piffle has proved that we still value our vocabulary" (Sally Raikes The Scotsman)

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The stories behind our most intriguing words and phrases

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E10RNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Such a modest little book, but ignore the self effacing title - this is a real corker, jammed full of insights into our language. Always thought provoking, informative and entertaining, the book joyfully skips between the erudite and the everyday. The section on "muffin top" had me weeping fat tears of laughter on a crowded commuter train, while the chapter on madness provides a thought provoking exploration of the knots we tie ourselves into when discussing the issue and details the surprising clinical origins of terms like idiot and moron.

Unlike other books that claim to explore word histories, Balderdash & Piffle - One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner is thoroughly researched and does not rely on spurious theories or folk etymologies, the real journeys that our words have taken are fascinating enough in their own right. And like the BBC series it accompanies, the thematic layout reveals how we reveal our greatest loves, fears and embarrassments through our language we use.

Packed with hilarious cartoons that fit the book's quirky style, this book would make a delightful present but you'll want a copy for yourself too. I highly recommend.
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Ignore the title - this is not tommyrot and tosh, but a treasure-trove: an entertaining and informative romp through the English Language - particularly the origins and peculiarities of words and phrases. Whether it's the words of sport, foreign languages or science that tickle your fancy, whether you find Shakespeare or JK Rowling gets your goat, you'll find something in this volume that's the bee's knees.
It's an accessible and attractive book that manages to cram in a huge number of interesting facts. Written with authority that doesn't give credence to urban word myths (unlike some other books which less successfully tackle this subject matter), the author has stamped great humour and attitude across each chapter.
It's the sort of book it's hard not to read out loud to anyone else who happens to be in the room - bound to appeal to the same wordy audience first tapped by Lynne Truss. It sits happily alongside the excellent BBC series of the same name, but also stands alone as a rattling good read - definitely recommended.
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Balderdash and Piffle is yet another book in the emerging genre of- How should one put it?- popular etymology.
As the follow-up or accompaniment to the eponymous TV series,it quite happily demonstrates a life of its own, stimulating a quick delve into the dictionary to work out the sometimes bizarre origins of phrases we may have taken for granted for too long.
Just as the TV series indicated what could be done to engage a wide public- demotic enough for the man on the bus, erudite enough for the don in the ivory tower- so this book and its ilk have the capacity to stimulate a very wide debate.
But the most important reason for the existence of populist writing is that it should be enjoyable first and foremost: It's a delight and can be heartily recommended.
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If you enjoyed the BBC series, then you will find this little gem a fascinating and amusing read. A book that can be dipped into at random or leisurely perused; informative, surprising and bizarre detail, all presented with a cheeky wit. However, be warned, this is not for the narrow-minded, as it does contain a fair amount of profanity and covers many "taboo" subjects. But if you're okay with that, then this is a brilliant exposé of the cruder side of the English language - warts and all!
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Ignore the title - this is not tommyrot and tosh, but a treasure-trove: an entertaining and informative romp through the English Language - particularly the origins and peculiarities of words and phrases. Whether it's the words of sport, foreign languages or science that tickle your fancy, whether you find Shakespeare or JK Rowling gets your goat, you'll find something in this volume that's the bee's knees.
It's an accessible and attractive book that manages to cram in a huge number of interesting facts. Written with authority that doesn't give credence to urban word myths (unlike some other books which less successfully tackle this subject matter), the author has stamped great humour and attitude across each chapter.
It's the sort of book it's hard not to read out loud to anyone else who happens to be in the room - bound to appeal to the same wordy audience first tapped by Lynne Truss. It sits happily alongside the excellent BBC series of the same name, but also stands alone as a rattling good read - definitely recommended.
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Great 'word book' published to support the BBC TV series of the same name looking at Etymology; there are numerous fascinating word origins and anecdotes as to where they were first used in print and their provenance, be it a blending of two words, a borrowing from another language, or any of the myriad other ways that the English language has grown to be so rich and varied.
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Excellent tome released to accompany the BBC TV series aired a few years ago, looking at the origin and provenace of a vast number of seemingly obscure often and bizarre words in the English Language. I bought this so that my English Language A-level students could be encouraged with their Language Change module, and it's a purchase I don't regret!
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