Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry by Ruth Wajnryb
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Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry
By Ruth Wajnryb

Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry

Despatches from the Hospice of Fading Words

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Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry by Ruth Wajnryb

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'Wajnryb is the grammarian you always wanted: wise, wearing her erudition lightly and enlivening it with sly humour.' - Kirkus Reviews Ruth Wajnryb embarks on a voyage of discovery among the words that once peppered the language of baby boomers and their parents to discover why they seem to be slipping from common use. Why is it that people don't say 'cheerio' any more, and, come to think of it, why did they in the first place? Do people still tinker with jalopies? And whatever happened to Tom, Dick and Harry, not to mention all those other folk who provided us with such excellent conversational shorthand? Filled with entertaining vignettes and intriguing etymology, Ruth has created an imaginary hospice that offers a caring refuge for pre-loved words that are in imminent danger of being dismissed as 'obs' (for 'obsolete') or 'arch' (for 'archaic') in English dictionaries. Written with Ruth Wajnryb's characteristic intelligence, sly wit and elan, Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry examines the way in which our everyday language reflects and gives expression to the enormous changes that have taken place in our physical and social landscape over the last fifty years or so.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741149937
ISBN-10: 1741149932
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Ruth Wajnryb

Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer. She has a regular weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Saturday Spectrum' in which she explores often offbeat linguistic topics with that lightness of touch she brings to this new project. This is her third book with Allen & Unwin and her twelfth in total.

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