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Muvver Tongue Paperback – 1 Nov 1980

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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Journeyman Press; First Edition edition (Nov. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0904526461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904526462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Used Paperback book in good clean condition

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I was brought up listening to and speaking the London dialect of the time and I agree with everything the authors say. And I especially agree that many academics, including Eric Partridge, get a lot wildly wrong.
The book is a thorough job. It surprised me as I read it that there’s quite a lot to a London dialect, and really you could never do it unless you can do it.
Interesting towards the end of the book they spell advertizing with a z. Sounds like it ought to be American but isn’t, it’s actually archaic English, according to what I can find on the web. One of a number of curiosities, to add to the interest.
The authors mention the Asian influx to East London and how as the generations move on the offspring speak with London accents, but I don’t think the Asian-origin Londoners use rhyming slang. I don’t think West Indian-origin Londoners do either. Might be wrong there - I’d be interested to find out more. Must cock a be'ewren!
The authors also don’t mention the more recent rhyming slang, still in widespread use now, e.g.
J. Arthur for a, ahem, merchant banker.
Ruby for a curry.
Gary would be in use still I think if anyone drank bitter these days.
Glorias for trainers.
Not sure of the origin of any of these, but they’re used by London-accented white people a lot. So the language changes but does not die - the author's pessimism towards the end of the book may be too glum, thank goodness.
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Being born in Bow, I know quite a lot of words relating to cockney rhyming slang - this book tells me lots that I didn't know.
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for the vernacular linguist in your life - mr barltrop gives it to you straight
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