A 1959 publication which is the result of eight years of collecting iformation from “…five thousand schoolchildren in England, Scotland and Wales….a disclosure of the lore and language natural to the child when out of school. It is a record of his strange and primitive culture, including seasonal customs, initiation rites, superstitious practices and beliefs, innumerable rhymes and chants,(800 are given here in full), catcalls and retorts, stock jokes, ruderies, riddles, slang-epithets, nicknames,….” Schools throughout the UK were involved in this research.
Being now 50 years old, this has become an important record of lost and fading local dialect words and expressions.Nearly 400 pages of carefully recorded cultural and linguistic history.
First. Hardback with jacket. Jacket in poor condition. Contents clean and complete.