Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs

The Secret Life Of The English Language

by Martin H. Manser, David Pickering

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A more-ishly browsable collection of words and phrases, linguistic quirks, lexical oddities and syntactic surprises.

Our langauge is one of delight and curiosity. BUTTERING PARSNIPS, TWOCKING CHAVS is a guided tour of English, exploring the origins of words, their changing meaning, lexical peculiarities, word games and lost words, presented in lists, small passages of narrative text, amusing quotations and nuggets of amazing facts.

This must-have compendium shows that words have a matchless power to entertain. Here you will find enough new words and phrases to last a lifetime. Idioms frolic beside cliches, catchphrases, proverbs, eponyms, acronyms, spoonerisms and split infinitives. Text messages cavort alongside business jargon and rap slang to produce a language that is both witty and bizarre, and sometimes frankly outstanding.

So whether you're a yuppie or a woopie, a sinbad or dinky, a spod or even a wazzock, these pages will provide endless hours of delight and fascination.


  • Orion Publishing Group; September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780297856863
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs
  • Author: Martin H. Manser; David Pickering (other)
  • Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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  • 9780297856863

About The Author

Martin H. Manser has been a professional reference book editor since 1980. He has compiled or edited more than 150 reference books, particularly English-language dictionaries, thesauruses, and Bible reference titles. He is also a language trainer and consultant with national companies and organizations. He and his wife live in Aylesbury and have a son and a daughter.