The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

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This study looks at the superstitions, practices and beliefs, rhymes and chants, catcalls and retorts, stock jokes, ruderies, riddles, epithets, nicknames and juvenile slang that continue to flourish among children in England, Scotland and Wales. First published in 1959, it discloses a wealth of traditional lore and language. Iona and Peter Opie also wrote "The Singing Game", "A Nursery Companion", "The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book", "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes", "Children's Games in Street and Playground", "The Oxford Book of Children's Verse" and "The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse".show more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 26mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 line drawings, 11 maps
  • 0192820591
  • 9780192820594

About Iona Opie

About the Authors Iona and the late Peter Opie wrote numerous books about children, including Children's Games in Street and Playground, The Singing Game, and A Nursery more

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Just for fun; wit and repartee; guile; riddles; parody and impropriety; topical rhymes; code of oral legislation; nicknames and epithets; unpopular children - jeers and torments; half-belief; children's calendar; occasional customs; some curiosities; friendship and fortune; partisanship; the child and authority; more

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