Brings to life the spirit and experiences of the common man caught up in the war. From 1914-18, a new kind of warfare gave rise to a wealth of new terms to describe it. For millions of men a terrifying and unfamiliar way of life was described in a shared slang that built their camaraderie and shared experience. A host of words in French, German, English, even Turkish and Hindi, were exchanged and mistranslated across No Man’s Land.
This array of words and phrases made up the everyday speech of soldiers on all sides, and many of the words they coined live on like a mark of the war’s influence even today.
The words they used brilliantly capture the nuances of the conflict and the ordinary soldier’s sense of humor in the midst of it.
Format: hardback /224 pages.
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