University Slang by Morris Marples
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In a form designed to “form its own index,” Marples has collated a definitive resource for the universities in England and the forms of speech distinctive to such campus life and a distinctive collegial influence. Acknowledging the influence of establishments like Cambridge and Oxford, Marples seeks to trace the origins and histories of an undergraduate vernacular. With centuries to develop the idioms, sarcasms, and special usages, like suffix trends and coined phrases, Marples offers an anthropology of those inside jokes from the insulated world of the academic institution, culminating a volume that makes university talk both more discernable and somehow even more difficult to understand.