English Words in Wartime

Readers of this blog may also be interested in ‘English Words in Wartime’, a blog that looks at ways in which the Great War changed the language.

It looks especially at the words noted by that splendid diarist the Rev Andrew Clark, who set himself to describing the effects of war on everyday life, and collecting the war’s language and folklore.

Others, of course, were also interested in what was happening to the language. Here’s a snippet from the Sunday Times of 1915, noting what Kipling, that inveterate student of slang, had included in his reports from the navy:

kipling words


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