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The Septic's Companion: A Mercifully Brief Guide to British Culture and Slang
Written by a Brit, the Septic's Companion is a sarcastic guide to the Queen’s English and the British way of life. Two thirds of the book is a simple A to Z dictionary of Britishisms; the rest is devoted to the author's delusional rants about a selection of other topics which may confuse visitors to the U.K. These include, but are not limited to: eating, drinking, weights and measures, currency, education and transport.
It is ideal for anyone who is relocating to the U.K., or dating a limey, or working with Brits, or watches British television programmes, or once went to a British pub, or has at some point in their life owned any item which came from Britain. Also it is an excellent Christmas gift.
Funny and Informative
By Michael Harling "Author of 'Postcards From Ac...
- January 7, 2009
The Septic's Companion (and, yes, the title of the book does become clear after reading the text) combines a study in brief of the United Kingdom along with a dictionary of translations, which might have been deadly dull if handled by anyone other than Mr. Rae, with his keen, though clearly skewed, sense of humor.
The UK primer in the early portion of the book manages to compress 2,000 years of history and tradition into 30 pages and won't really be suitable if you are gathering material for a thesis, but if you're looking for an entertaining (and peripherally enlightening) view of Great Britain, this is just the ticket.
The bulk of the book is comprised of the translation dictionary, which lists UK words, their US equivalent, a definition and a witty saying. I know that sounds formulaic, but the result is anything but boring (reading a list of words with their definitions; now that would be boring). Throughout the book, Mr. Rae's humor remains fresh and... read more
Fun for geeks and everyone else
By Charlie Meatball
- December 12, 2008
So I'm a bit of a geek who really likes language, and as such, I was excited to check out a dictionary of Britishisms. I was looking forward to etymologies and usage and stuff like that. Once I started reading the book (yes, it can be read), all that was there (most of the time - more in a minute), but the best part of it was simply the author's voice. It's funny, sly, and, well, irreverent sounds a bit poncy, so let's just say you can imagine hearing the definitions at the pub over a pint of lager (which, from the website, has a lot to do with how this book came about...) and having a good laugh.
The definitions themselves are often interesting, with plenty of origins, asides about this or that bit of culture or history, and lots of stuff I hadn't heard despite already knowing a thing or two more about British English than your average bear. Don't expect an exhaustive dictionary, though. As the subtitle suggests, the book is not the unabridged dictionary and you're... read more
Hilarious & Informative
By Robin Wakefield
- October 2, 2008
This book is laugh out loud funny as well as very informative. I know when I was in London I was confused quite a few times with words that didn't mean the same thing in the U.S.
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