WWI commemoration – Trench Talk

Romsey is well blessed with book provision – by which I don’t mean the WH Smith branch. The Oxfam second hand bookshop is an Aladdin’s cave as is Superbook, where I picked up a copy of Trench Talk.

This combines two of my interest – WWI and the history of language – so I found it a fascinating read. There were words I’d never come across alongside words I knew very well, not only from my reading but because my dad used them. Clearly they were still in army vogue in WWII. What particularly struck me was the instances of the British newspapers telling their readers what slang the soldiers used – and getting it wrong. Plus ca change.

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