How to Talk Like a Local: From Cockney to Geordie

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Random House, 2011 - English language - 256 pages
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"If you were a Londoner visiting Cornwall would you know how to recognise an angleditch? nd if you were from the West Country and took a trip up to Scotland, would you be bewildered if someone described you as crabbit? nd what if you left your native Belfast for Yorkshire, would you understand if someone called you an offcomedun? How to Talk Like a Local is an entertaining guide that gathers together and explains hundreds of local words that you would never find in an ordinary dictionary. From dardledumdue, which means day-dreamer in East Anglia, through forkin robins, the Yorkshire term for earwigs, to clemt, a Lancashire word that means hungry, it covers the enormously rich variety of words that pepper the English language. Not only does it pick out unique and unusal local words, it also draws together the dozens of phrases from all over the country that mean the same thing, such as pally-jukered, cuddy-wifter and corrie-fisted for left"

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Susie Dent is an independent editor and translator who appears regularly in Countdown's 'dictionary corner'. She is the author of six editions of The Language Report, an annual guide to the new words and phrases that find their way into the English language.

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