Linguistics

John Arnold reviews 'Furphies and Whizz-Bangs' by Amanda Laugesen

John Arnold
02 March 2015

The Great War produced its own idiom and slang. Many of the new words and phrases created during the long conflict, such as ‘tank’ and ‘barrage’, became part of standard English, although often with a different nuance of meaning.

The recording of Australian soldier slang was seen as important at the end of the war. It was recognised as being integral ... More

Barry J. Blake: Secret Language

Bruce Moore
14 April 2011

Ludic language

Bruce Moore

 

Secret Language
by Barry J. Blake
Oxford University Press, $24.95 hb, 339 pp, 9780199579280

 

The ‘secret language’ of the title of this book covers many kinds and levels of secrecy (things hidden and concealed), and a ... More