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By Leslie Dunkling

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ISBN-13: 9780203191958

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Why are audio system of English continually calling one another names? This ebook is in the event you are looking to discover the phrases of handle utilized in English. offered in a hugely readable shape, it presents a consultant to utilization and masses to entertain.

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Angel’ was given full name status by the thirteenth century and is to be found in many Christian countries in forms such as Angelo and Angela. Neither the name or vocative appealed to Mr Weller Senior, in The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens. ’ ‘Ah! ’ British readers would recognize in this an allusion to popular pub names, of which the Angel is one. Jerome advanced powerful arguments for using the < previous page page_40 next page > < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 term to a baby in his Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow: If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human creature can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call her dear baby ‘it’.

Later, in the same novel, several instances of ‘you ass’ occur where the buttocks are referred to, as in ‘you ass-hole’ (British ‘arse-hole’). The useful clue given in context is the fact that one speaker uses ‘you black-ass ego’ as well as ‘you ass’, while another speaker switches to ‘you jackass’ when he means the animal, otherwise the spelling ‘ass’ is decidedly ambiguous when used by an American writer. From an etymological point of view, ‘arse’ is certainly the correct form to use when referring to the buttocks.

I take comfort, curiously enough, in the fact that they were able to tell me that. More serious are the cases where offence is caused but not voiced, leaving a residue of resentment. It is tempting to say that in these matters, offence lies in the ears of the individual. Harper Lee illustrates the point in To Kill a Mockingbird A lawyer addresses a rural girl politely as ‘Miss Mayella’ and ‘ma’am’, and she is most upset: ‘I don’t hafta take his sass,’ she tells the judge, convinced that the lawyer is making fun of her.

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