Evolving English WordBank
enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers
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Evolving English VoiceBank
Evolving English exhibition, Paccar Gallery, British Library, London
b. 1950, female
The Evolving English WordBank is a collection of words and phrases contributed by visitors to the British Library’s Evolving English exhibition in 2010/11 who were asked to submit a word or phrase they felt was somehow ‘special’ in their variety of English. Contributions to the WordBank include local, regional and vernacular forms and idiolectal expressions used within families or friendship groups, creating a snapshot of spoken English at the start of the 21st century.
Self-defined linguistic identity: grew up in Kent; university in Scotland and Yorkshire; now living in France for 30 years