Susie Dent's Modern Tribes: Brits have perfected a secret version of the English language to use with their co-workers — Quartz British English has many distinctive hallmarks: a plethora of “u”s borrowed from old French, a use of “s”s where “z”s are used in American English (realise, instead of realize), colo(u)rful idioms, and a rich history of slang. For lexicographer, writer, and broadcaster Susie Dent, British English is also “littered with tribal footprints,” as she explains her new book, Dent’s Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain. In the book, Dent gathered and chronicled the unique words and phrases used among specific professions and interest groups in the UK, terms she acquired through hundreds of interviews and, in her words, “eavesdropping.” “Every sport, every profession, every group united by a single passion draws on a lexicon that is uniquely theirs, and theirs for a reason,” she writes. Here are some of our favorites from Dent’s collection of these specific tribes’ secret turns of phrase. Bankers STARRShort for “Strategic Try-hard with Awesome Reputation and Relationships.” IT workers Mr.
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Slang: the changing face of cool | Books Slang has always fascinated me. My father, who grew up in the council estates of Slough during the second world war, knew slang words for most situations, good and bad, which I would hear regularly around the house as a child. Somewhere in my early 20s, I stumbled across a cheap secondhand reprint of a book by an 18th-century Londoner named Francis Grose, which recorded the everyday speech of the people he encountered in the low drinking dens, bagnios and rookeries around Covent Garden and St Giles. First published in 1785, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue remains for me the single most important slang collection of them all. Having spent the past four years writing a history of English slang, it gradually became clear to me that the digital age is altering slang: both the way it evolves and is spread, and attitudes towards it. Of course, slang has always had its detractors. Whether it goes to work or not, people have often determined that slang should be kept out of school.
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In praise of the C-word | Media At the risk of sounding like a right “CU Next Tuesday”, I think it’s high time we had a frank discussion about the use of the C-word in modern British English and how its usage appears to be increasing in recent years. However, herein lies the anxiety of using the C-bomb. While I am very happy to use it (a little too liberally admittedly) in my everyday parlance, it still feels slightly shocking to see it written down and one is reminded that, for many, it is still the last word in offensiveness. Furthermore, my mum is probably reading this and it would really upset her to see it in print. So for this reason, I’ll stick with the C-word where possible, rather than cunt. It seems that this old word, beloved of Chaucer and Shakespeare, is enjoying a renaissance. In 2014, the Oxford English Dictionary announced that it would be adding cunty, cuntish, cunted and cunting to its venerable tome. I also delight in the sound of the word: the monosyllabic weight of it, the harsh consonants.
A call to arms: let's get rid of all the jargon! In this high-tech, gee-whiz world, more and more people seem to speak in jargon or, as I like to call it, gibberish. Whether it’s exclusive terms understandable by only a certain few, buzz-words intended to impress in meetings, or euphemisms to make something seem better than it is, the use of jargon really does little more than confuse the listener. Jargon tends to go through three stages: Jargon starts out as a simple technical sublanguage: users devise abbreviations and acronyms that help speed up processes. Do people understand jargon? George Orwell realised that one of the best ways to tackle jargon is via humour: this, for example, is from his 1946 essay Politics and the English Language: Unfortunately, anti-language like Orwell’s parody is heard in offices and boardrooms every day almost 70 years after he put typewriter to paper. Readability scores have been around for almost a century, but they are still a work in progress. Jargon in every day use How to avoid jargon