Vulgar Tongues (Ebook)

An Alternative History of English Slang

Max Décharné

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A rollercoaster ride through the colourful history of slang - from highwaymen to hip-hop.

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 honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society.

Over several centuries and across international borders, VULGAR TONGUES is the story of how the English language of Shakespeare's day fragmented and twisted into all kinds of shapes, as people like pickpockets, beggars, sailors, musicians, gangsters, whores, politicians, gypsies, soldiers, gays and lesbians, policemen, rappers, cockneys, biker gangs and circus folk seized the King's or Queen's English by the throat and took it to places it would probably regret in the morning.

Publication date: 03/11/2016


ISBN: 9781847659415

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Non-Fiction

Max Décharné

Max Décharné

Max Décharné was a member of the band Gallon Drunk, and has been with his band The Flaming Stars since 1994. An authority on the 1950s and 1960s counterculture, he is the author of Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of British Slang, as well as A Rocket in My Pocket and Hardboiled Hollywood . He lives in London.