Vulgar Tongues

Vulgar Tongues

An Alternative History of English Slang

Book - 2017 | First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
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Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honor, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. This book traces the many routes of slang, beginning with the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London and ending with the present day, where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2017.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781681774640
Characteristics: ix, 388 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
Summary: Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honor, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. This book traces the many routes of slang, beginning with the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London and ending with the present day, where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed.

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