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How to Talk Like a Local: From Cockney to Geordie

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If you were a Londoner visiting Cornwall would you know how to recognise a grammersow? If you were from the West Country and took a trip up to Scotland, would you be bewildered if someone described you as crabbit? And what if you left your native Belfast for Liverpool, would you understand if someone called you a woollyback? How to Talk Like a Local is an entertaining guide that gathers together and explains hundreds of words that you would never find in an ordinary dictionary. From dardledumdue, which means day-dreamer in East Anglia, through forkin robbins, the Yorkshire term for earwigs, to clemt, a Lancashire word that means hungry, it covers the enormously rich variety of regional words that pepper the English language. Not only does it pick out unique and unusal local words, it also draws together the dozens of terms from all over the country that mean the same thing, such as knee-knabbed, crab-ankled and hurked-up for knock-kneed, and obzocky, butters and maftin for ugly. In addition, it digs down to uncover the origins of these words, tracing their routes in to the language. Many terms meaning left-handed, for example, are related to the Kerr family of Ferniehirst Castle in Scotland, who preferred left-handed warriors. And many seemingly new coinages have been around for centuries, such as chav, which derives from a Romany word meaning child, or scouse, which probably comes from lapskaus, a Norwegian word for a sailors'stew. If you're intrigued by these colourful words and phrases, if you're interested in how English is really spoken, or if you want to discover how our language has evolved over the years, How to Talk Like a Local will prove irresistible - and enlightening - reading.

Издательство: "Random House, Inc." (2011)

ISBN: 978-0-09-951476-3

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Susie Dent

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Susie Dent (born 21 September 1967 Dubious|D.o. B|date=March 2008 in Woking, Surrey) is an English lexicographer, best known as the resident dictionary expert and adjudicator on Channel 4’s long-running game show "Countdown".

Dent studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and German at Princeton University, USA, after which she worked as a language teacher in the United States and for a German publisher before going to work for the Oxford University Press (OUP). She now works as a writer and contributor to discussions of language issues and words in the news.

Since 2003 she has been the author of a series of annual "Language Reports" for the OUP. The first was entitled simply "The Language Report"; it was followed by "Larpers and Shroomers" (2004), "Fanboys and Overdogs" (2005), "The like, Language Report for real" (2006) and "The Language Report: English on the Move 2000 - 2007" (2007). The format of this publication has been revised for 2008 as an A-Z collection of new and newly resurrected words, selected for their topicality and resonance. It will be published in September 2008 as "Susie Dent's Words of the Year". [ [ listing] ] Her book about dialects, "How to Talk Like a Local", is scheduled for publication in April 2009. [ [ listing] ]

Dent has appeared on "Countdown" for over 16 years, having made over 1,800 appearances. In his memoir, "Himoff!" (2000), "Countdown"'s late presenter, Richard Whiteley testified to Susie's overwhelming popularity with viewers. She is currently consulting on a number of television projects, including a large-scale language venture for the BBC. As well as her native English, she is also fluent in French and German.

She lives in Oxford with her husband, Paul, and her daughters, Lucy, born on 11 February 2000, and Thea, born on 22 October 2007. [Announced on Countdown edition on 2 November 2007]


External links

* [ Channel 4 Countdown Page]
* [ BBC - Oxford - Voices - Susie Dent interview]
* [ Biography - Jane Morgan Management]
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