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The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names by Albert Jack

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The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names by Albert Jack

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Why should pubs be called The Cross Keys, The Dew Drop Inn or The Hope and Anchor. This book tells the stories behind pub names to reveal how they offer fascinating and subversive insights on our history, customs, attitudes and jokes in just the same way that nursery rhymes do.

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This is a book for everyone who has ever wondered why pubs should be called The Cross Keys, The Dew Drop Inn or The Hope and Anchor. You'll be glad to know that there are very good - strange and memorable - reasons behind them all. After much research about (and in) pubs, Albert Jack brings together the stories behind pub names to reveal how they offer fascinating and subversive insights on our history, customs, attitudes and jokes in just the same way that nursery rhymes do. The Royal Oak, for instance, commemorates the tree that hid Charles II from Cromwell's forces after his defeat at Worcester; The Bag of Nails is a corruption of the Bacchanals, the crazed followers of Bacchus, the god of wine and drunkenness; The Cat and the Fiddle a mangling of Catherine La Fidele and a guarded gesture of support for Henry VIII's first, Catholic, wife Catherine of Aragon; plus many, many more. Here too are even more facts about everything from ghosts to drinking songs to the rules of cribbage and shove ha'penny, showing that, ultimately, the story of pub history is really the story of our own popular history.

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SKU GOR001556988
Title The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names
Author By (author) Albert Jack
Contributor No
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2009
Page Number 304
ISBN 1846142539
ISBN13 9781846142536
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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