Words and Phrases from the World Wars
by Nigel Rees
Nigel Rees presents a nostalgic and witty guide to wartime catchphrases, from the now ubiquitous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ to lesser-known gems such as ‘lions led by donkeys’.
Following his hugely popular survey of domestic sayings, More Tea Vicar?, Rees returns with a witty and fascinating examination of the catchphrases that saw us through wartime Britain and are still relevant in times of crisis today.
Including domestic phrases of the time, propaganda, and slang developed by soldiers abroad, the book describes the provenance and development of these intriguing, quirky and sometimes crude phrases that were born out of times of conflict and have in many cases become part of our language.
About the author
Nigel Rees is an outstanding author whose many books have mostly been concerned with the popular use of the English language and especially the humour that derives from it. As a broadcaster, he is best known as deviser and presenter of BBC Radio’s Quote…Unquote programme, which has been delighting audiences for over 25 years. He lives in London. He is the author of More Tea, Vicar?
Extent: 240 pages
Size: 188 x 117 mm