Lingo of No Man's Land

    Lingo of No Man's Land

    A World War I Slang Dictionary

    Lorenzo N Smith

    British Library 2014

    Hardback 112pp Illustrated

    9780712357340   Product Code: 22986

    'Gun fire - a term referring to morning tea.' Compiled by a Canadian soldier in 1918, this dictionary of First World War vocabulary ranges from dry officialese ('intense bombardment') to Tommies' vivid slang ('Boche', 'Blighty' and 'over the top'). While some of the terms are now forgotten, many have become so much part of the language that it seems surprising that they ever required explanation: camouflage, crater, grenade and reconnaissance, to name but a few.

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