Portobello, £8.99 (314pp) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
Filthy English, By Peter Silverton
Friday 29 October 2010
This book may not be the perfect Christmas present for Great Aunt Ethel. There is, as the TV warnings point out, strong language from the start. This was also true of the English language.
"Queynte" was acceptable when used by the Wife of Bath, though Shakespeare had to spell it out in Twelfth Night: "There be her very Cs, her Us and her Ts: and thus she makes her great Ps." When the "and" is pronounced as "n", a laugh is assured. Silverton's often hilarious exploration of potty talk ranges from "bloody" (from the "bloods" – posh Georgian rowdies) to a favourite term of hip-hoppers shorted to "Your mother!" as long ago as the 19th century. Silverton might be interested to know that Zappa had to extend his band's name to Mothers of Invention for reasons of politeness.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Argentina may change its capital city from Buenos Aires, says president
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
- 5 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
X Factor, ITV, review: Simon Cowell banned sob stories but Cheryl Cole can’t stop crying
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- < Previous
- Next >