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.Their database determined that Darrens drive downmarket Ford Escorts and so do Waynes and Traceys. If you are called Gary, Carl or Lee, you are likely to own a Vauxhall Astra. And with owners called Joyce, Doreen and Beryl, Nissan Micra anbsp;...
|Title||:||The 100 Words That Make The English|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2011-06-02|