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Telling Dildrams and Talking Whiff-Whaff: A General Dictionary of Provincialisms, Written with a View to Rescue from Oblivion the Fast Fading Relics of By-Gone Days

 
 
Author
William Holloway. David Crystal, foreword.
Publisher Old House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781908402363
Pages/Publication Date 194/2012
Daedalus Item Code 51474
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Though it joins many a modern compendium of colorful English cant, this particular dictionary was written in 1839 by William Holloway (1786–1870), who sought to capture the rich language of regional English dialects excluded from Mr. Johnson's dictionary. Language lover David Crystal—author of The Story of English in 100 Words and How Language Works—provides the foreword to this reproduction edition of Holloway's General Dictionary of Provincialisms. Compiled for the benefit of those desirous of balliragging fondlings and procuring squenchers in unfamiliar parts, it is the perfect guide to yaping-about with sosse-brangles and swobbling like a true Victorian trubagully.
 
 
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