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Leaves on the Line: What the British Say . . . And What We Really Mean By Martin Toseland Simon Toseland,

  • Title: Leaves on the Line: What the British Say . . . And What We Really Mean
  • Author: Martin Toseland Simon Toseland
  • ISBN: 9781907554858
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In every walk of life, from relationships, to work, to politics, sport and the news, our everyday use of English harbors duplicities of meaning We say I m sorry when we mean absolute nonsense, and write Yours faithfully when we re thinking Sod you Jealousy, rage, love, affection we re equally good at disguising them all Leaves on the Line compiles this secret laIn every walk of life, from relationships, to work, to politics, sport and the news, our everyday use of English harbors duplicities of meaning We say I m sorry when we mean absolute nonsense, and write Yours faithfully when we re thinking Sod you Jealousy, rage, love, affection we re equally good at disguising them all Leaves on the Line compiles this secret language this double English in a hilarious and forthright volume exposing the doublespeak of the British psyche For the first time, everyday terms and common phrases which we casually deploy to loved ones and total strangers, and have been thrown at us from the radio or TV will be glossed yes, we really mean stripped to reveal the unadorned, raw truth below With than 200 hilarious phrases of common doublespeak, this book is essential reading for everyone from puzzled foreigners to young people for whom the dark art of linguistic dissembling are not yet second nature The book includes phrases and the truths behind them, such as Transport This service is delayed because of leaves on the track Social I m not being racist but Weather Nice weather we re having Sport We re taking each game as it comes Relationships I ve never met anyone like you before Polititcs Spending on health has increased in real terms, year on year, since we were elected .
    Leaves on the Line What the British Say And What We Really Mean In every walk of life from relationships to work to politics sport and the news our everyday use of English harbors duplicities of meaning We say I m sorry when we mean absolute nonsense and wri

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    1. This book of observations regarding the British culture, is funny, completely true, in parts, and ultimately a good book to read parts of every now and then When I first read the description of this book, I thought it wouldn t be that good, but the style of writing was irreverent, and sarcastic I found myself laughing and nodding in agreement to many of the observations However, I did feel that it went on a bit too much in certain chapters All in all though, it s an entertaining read that can be [...]

    2. I found this book to be funny I Have heard the excuse of leaves on the line the wrong kind of snow and so many other excuses used for train delays But really, a train that weighs thousands of tons being waylaid by a few leaves come on But the best was last years wettest drought and the wrong kind of rain falling in the wrong spots during the wettest year on record.These examples is what epitomises what this book is about It s a good laugh and very accurate in oh so many ways.

    3. A fairly amusing take on the British psyche, and interesting for me as an American living in the UK Much of it rings true, and it is overall a coherent and entertaining read than Rob Temple s Very British Problems.

    4. In a paragraph on personal and social education His contribution to the dramatic results of bullying had a powerful effect on the class they all pointed at him and shouted loser I am sure that his confidence in the subject will improve over time he sees the school psychiatrist next week.So they take a serious piece of work on prevention of suffering and injustice, and they frustrate its success and turn it into a sneered at joke actually delivering suffering and injustice by it Consider the rea [...]

    5. I just did not get this book, it was definitely not what i had been expecting it to be Based on the title and description, i thought that it was a book about the uniquely British phrases and their origins A book that would help me better understand Doctor Who, Bridget Jones, crazy Royal family coverage but instead it was a book complaining about how politicians, bosses and newspeople never mean what they actually say Almost every phrase was items that we also say here in America that mean the s [...]

    6. I liked that Leaves on the Line was written in a conversational, casual style But I expected to read about phrases that were solely British, not figures of speech that are used in America too And though the chapters amused me, I guess I thought I would be laughing out loud This book was okay, but not great, and I didn t really want to finish it Maybe the reader needs to be British or live in the UK to appreciate this book I was disappointed An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an hon [...]

    7. Dramatic speech bubbles and a few black and white clip art illustrations Many pages have text in signs or other graphic design elements Text in pictures did not work with text to speech.Parochial, snide, xenophobic, the author has captured the true spirit of Britain The shameless reactionary humour can err on the side of bad taste but sometimes made me laugh out loud.Decorative illustrations You can take a quiz to discover what kind of pet owner you would make were you British I read a review co [...]

    8. I did find some parts of this book amusing, particularly the sections on schools and parenting, and that very British pastime of talking about the weather It was written in a casual, sarcastic style, which appealed to my sense of humour Although I read the kindle edition, this would make a great coffee table book to flick through.I received a kindle edition of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    9. I love british things I read this when I was in between classes at school and the kids walk in to me laughing out loud They asked what was so funny, to which I replied a book I am reading Of course immediately they wanted to read it but I had to tell them no since it was not a book for kids They found it curious that I read books for anyone other than kids

    10. Absolutely lovely Found this for be wonderful, easy read Perfect for anyone want to get an idea of why somethings are said the way they are Lots of sarcasm keep it from being a dull tedious read Will be on the lookout to read similar books to thisC from Netgalley

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