Furphies and Whizz-Bangs

Author(s): Amanda Laugesen

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This book illuminates Australian soldiers' voices, feelings and thoughts, through exploration of the words and language used during the Great War. It is mostly concerned with slang, but there were also new words that came into Standard English during the war with which Australians became familiar. The book defines and explains these words and terms, provides examples of their usage by Australian soldiers and on the home front that provides insight into the experiences and attitudes of soldiers and civilians, and it draws out some of the themes and features of this language to provide insight into the social and cultural worlds of Australian soldiers and civilians.


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Dr Amanda Laugesen is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at ANU. She completed her PhD in the History Program at the ANU in 2000, and subsequently worked as a research editor at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU, as well as undertaking teaching in the History Department. Amanda was appointed as a Lecturer in History at the University of Southern Queensland in 2004, and Lecturer in History and American Studies at Flinders University in 2006. She returned to Canberra at the end of 2008. Amanda's research includes publications in the areas of historical memory, the history of reading, libraries and publishing, cultural history (with a particular interest in the cultural history of war), the history of Australian English, and lexicography.

Introduction Words From the Big Stoush: Tracing the language of Australian soldiers ; 1. He Earned his Name as Digger: Australian soldiers ; 2. Things Are Well up to Putty Here: Life in the army ; 3. If the Kiwi King You're After: Military hierarchy, bureaucracy and other sources of complaint ; 4. Alley at the Toot: Languages ; 5. Fritz was Napoo: Enemies and friends ; 6. The Usual Nightly Strafe: Trench and battlefield ; 7. Passing Shrapnel Corner: Place names ; 8. The Daily Hate: Weapons and the technology of war ; 9. Language of the Air and Sea: Words of the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Navy ; 10. Aussieland, the Diggers' Home Sweet Home: Home and home front ; Conclusion: Recording and Remembering the Language of the Soldiers of the Great War

General Fields

  • : 9780195597356
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : October 2014
  • : 195mm X 130mm
  • : Australia
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Amanda Laugesen
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 427.09
  • : 180
  • : 11 illustrations