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Released: October 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Mary Keynes
This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Buckinghamshire dialect and have you talking like a native in no time. The book includes a dictionary to help you develop an altogether new vocabulary, plus a wonderful collection of tales and anecdotes, all chosen to illustrate different aspects of the delightful local dialect.
While there are clear signs that the dialect of Buckinghamshire has changed a great deal in the last two centuries, in this book you can get to know the words and phrases that local people once used. You don’t need to let your explorations go ‘back-harrow’ or wonder whether you’re ‘on foot or on horseback’! You can find out who (or what) Benny Gaunt was, what it means to ‘Rodney about’ and why you don’t want to be known as a ‘narrow-post’! Take a look inside for our glossary to feel ‘bobbish’ about the dialect of bygone Buckinghamshire!
You can also see why ‘bodging’ is considered a very good thing round these parts and discover the curious connection between Buckinghamshire and one of the oldest children’s toys and one of Lewis Carroll ’s most famous characters. Whether it is the miniature world which has delighted generations of people or what is probably English literature’s best-known country churchyard, Buckinghamshire has been the source of many inspiring creations well beyond its county boundaries. As well as uncovering the words used by the local people of the past, you can also find out just how many well-loved writers were born in or simply inspired by the county. It’s a literary legacy which is still going strong to this day. In fact take a look at any list of great literature and you’re bound to find that it features writers with a link to Buckinghamshire! From the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the person considered to be the greatest English poet to the Bard himself, leafy Bucks, as it is affectionately known, has been a vital source of inspiration for wordsmiths and thinkers of all kinds.
Why not see how Buckinghamshire and its fascinating dialect could inspire you?