Book Review: Blimey, I’m Knackered!
Blimey, I’m Knackered!: An American’s Survival Guide to British English by Marshall Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love learning about other countries and cultures. Getting familiar with a country’s slang is a fun way to get a bit of an insight into the minds of the people. Blimey, I’m Knackered! is a treat for Anglophiles, wordplay aficionados, and people who enjoy British literature, television and movies.
This book is not just an alphabetical listing of words and phrases. The author has taken the time to sort the entries into groups. You’ll find chapters dedicated to topics such as Buildings and Structures, Cooking and Foods, Around the Home, Down the Pub, Wardrobe, and my personal favorite, The Education System. Along with the definitions, there’s chatty introductions, anecdotes, and the occasional witty quote from a notable personality.
And yes, I’ve anticipated the question you’re hesitating to ask. There’s a no-holds-barred chapter titled Pejoratives, Insults, and Derision. Oh, the things you will learn in that eye-popping chapter.
My thanks to author Marshall Hall, Imbrifex Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.