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Sunday, 6 March 2011

THE TYRANNY OF SLANG

World Book Day this week was an ‘event’ designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading for the enjoyment of all. Children especially are encouraged to explore the pleasures of books and reading, and so build up a love of words. Writing narratives in any novel often relies on the use of slang to add an air of authenticity to the story, depending on the characters and where they are placed in society. Frank Reynolds (1876-1953) cartoon highlights the pitfalls of the use of slang in everyday life!


Transcript below:


MISTRESS TO NEW MAID: "Mary, you haven't half dusted the drawing-room."
MARY: (highly gratified). "Ah, not 'alf I 'aven't."

2 comments:

  1. Haha, thanks for sharing. I miss the days when books came with drawings. Life, and stories, just aren't the same without them.

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  2. Hi, thanks for that! The beauty of them all is that they are ageless, and still make me laugh.

    Glad you enjoyed them too.

    Thanks again!

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