A wonderfully informative and entertaining guide to our national language, out now in paperback
Englishness is an ancient and powerful concept, but no one seems sure exactly what it means in the twenty-first century. In exploring our national identity, Tony Thorne has compiled a fascinating compendium of the hundred words and phrases that have become the cornerstones of modern English, and have been used - sometimes deliberately, but often inadvertently - to stake out our common ground, to define what makes us essentially English, and thus different from those beastly foreigners who lurk just off our shores.
** 'There is much that is admirable and entertaining here . . . I learnt a lot about slang - Lynne Truss, SUNDAY TIMES