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Description - Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War by Amanda Laugesen

Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War tells the story of the First World War through an examination of the slang used by Australian soldiers. Drawing on a range of primary source material taken from soldiers' letters, diaries and trench publications, along with contemporary newspapers and books, the language of the Australian soldiers is brought to life. From the language soldiers used to make sense of military life, to the slang of the trenches, to the words of the home front, this book illuminates the cultural and social worlds of Australian soldiers. It tells us of the everyday grumblings of the soldiers, the horrors of the battlefield, and the humour they used as they tried to endure the war. Also included are chapters on the slang of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Navy, and place names used by soldiers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195597356
ISBN-10: 0195597354
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 131mm x 13mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Amanda Laugesen

Dr Amanda Laugesen is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at ANU. She completed her PhD in the History Program at the ANU in 2000, and subsequently worked as a research editor at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU, as well as undertaking teaching in the History Department. Amanda was appointed as a Lecturer in History at the University of Southern Queensland in 2004, and Lecturer in History and American Studies at Flinders University in 2006. She returned to Canberra at the end of 2008. Amanda's research includes publications in the areas of historical memory, the history of reading, libraries and publishing, cultural history (with a particular interest in the cultural history of war), the history of Australian English, and lexicography.

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