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Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry By Ruth Wajnryb

Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry by Ruth Wajnryb

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From wordmeister Ruth Wajnryb, a witty and thought provoking examination of the words that once peppered our language but are now fading from use.

Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry Summary

Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry: Despatches from the Hospice of Fading Words by Ruth Wajnryb

Wajnryb is the grammarian you always wanted: wise, wearing her erudition lightly and enlivening it with sly humour.' Kirkus ReviewsRuth Wajnryb embarks on a voyage of discovery among the words that once peppered the language of baby boomers and their parents to discover why they seem to be slipping from common use. Why is it that people don't say cheerio' any more, and, come to think of it, why did they in the first place? Do people still tinker with jalopies? And whatever happened to Tom, Dick and Harry, not to mention all those other folk who provided us with such excellent conversational shorthand? Filled with entertaining vignettes and intriguing etymology, Ruth has created an imaginary hospice that offers a caring refuge for pre-loved words that are in imminent danger of being dismissed as obs' (for obsolete') or arch' (for archaic') in English dictionaries.Written with Ruth Wajnryb's characteristic intelligence, sly wit and lan, Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry examines the way in which our everyday language reflects and gives expression to the enormous changes that have taken place in our physical and social landscape over the last fifty years or so.

About Ruth Wajnryb

Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer. She has a regular weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Saturday Spectrum' in which she explores often offbeat linguistic topics with that lightness of touch she brings to this new project. This is her third book with Allen + Unwin and her twelfth in total.

Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgments1 The HospicePART I As the pace quickens2 Cheerio3 Peopled phrases4 Darn5 Tinker6 Hobby7 SteadyPART II Old ways, old language8 Jalopy9 Handkerchief10 Hats11 Nongs and yobbosPART III Quainteries eschewed12 Colourful language13 Fixed rejoinders14 Doubling up15 Mercers16 As easy as17 Useful tits18 Cockney rhyming slang19 Odds and sodsPART IV Victims of modern candour20 Sexuality21 The fall22 Dying and death23 Consumption, hysteria, ticker and coming out24 Black dog25 BadPART V A new century with its own sensibilities26 Body bits27 Mad28 Stupid29 Ought30 Honey31 Fortitude32 ModestyPART VI The past is dead, long live the future33 Cooking34 Histor

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Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry: Despatches from the Hospice of Fading Words by Ruth Wajnryb
Used - Very Good
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