The Septic's Companion

The Septic's Companion


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ISBN-13: 9780981579009
Publisher: Chris Rae
Publication date: 09/08/2008
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Septic's Companion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sarij on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I am a little obsessed with all things British. If a country could have groupies I would be England¿s biggest fan. I became obsessed when I discovered BBC America. I love How Clean is Your House? And Ramsey¿s Kitchen but really love Top Gear and Dr. Who. I am a big fan of British humor and style. This book is one of my favorite British finds. The author, the very witty and engaging Chris Rae is an Englishman living in my home state of Washington. Rae writes that once on holiday in the U S, he thought it would be fun to write a list of words familiar to him but unknown in America. The Septic¿s companion is the result (sorry, you will have to read the book to find out what septic means). Rae has accomplished what he set out to do. The book is a fun sometimes laugh out loud guide to British culture and words. If you are looking for an armchair journey to England, I highly recommend you start with this book.
macha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this little book is pretty darned useful as a little dictionary of contemporary English slang, because it captures not only the translation but all the nuance attached. added it to my reference books on language, for when i'm writing British characters. but beyond that, the guy is really funny - about British foibles, various terms, and last but not least himself. so this too-slim volume (hey, take a note: there goes the raison d-'etre of that "mercifully brief") would still be a keeper even if the reader wasn't all that interested in the slang. i mean, really, there's slang, and then there's slanging, and the author's got a pretty good line on both.
bakersfieldbarbara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Septic's Companion came to me via of Early Reviewer's but is not listed on my list. I do want to review this, though, because it is essential reading for anyone who has been to England or plans to go. It is mixed with humor and also knowledge of things you may have wondered about. It is small, small enough, in fact to carry with you to read when you want to be amused. It is also full of comments that could start a conversation with anyone when wondering what next to say. If you love language, then by all means, don't miss this slightly poke at England.
Artur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a humorous and educational look at British slang terms and colloquialisms. It contains an opening section about various aspects of British life, from money and measurements to attitudes and geography, but the majority of the book is taken up with the dictionary of terms.This dictionary is set apart from other books of the type in that, while others take ordinary words and concoct witty, fictional definitions for them, this one actually defines the terms accurately, and the humor flows from three places: the varied and creative British slang repertoire, the author¿s frequent and very funny commentary, and the difference in the way Brits and Americans use the same terms.For anyone who has met or known someone from the U.K., or even for frequent viewers of BBC series, this book will provide a great deal of enjoyment. I found it informative and very entertaining, and a few of the definitions reduced me to tears of laughter. Recommended very highly.