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Debate: Backslang

Updated Monday 10th October 2005

Little Richardjohn, community member, sought entry into a secret world

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My mother and sister and various female cousin would never teach me their conspiracy dialect - now generally known as Backslang.

I get the general idea, I'm otnay at-thay imdray. but i need more examples - and variations.

How many different types of Backslang are there?


How regional was/is it? How much need was there for it in northen mill towns where the women used to lip read instead to conceal feminine discussions from the menfolk in the same room?


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