Wicked Words (Horrible Histories Special) by Terry Deary

By Terry Deary

Detect why phrases rule during this depraved booklet of them! discover why they are saying the pen is mightier than the sword! Terry Deary runs insurrection in the course of the terrible heritage of the English language in a booklet to go away you (and your instructor) speechless.

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While the Dublin and London Magazine, nationalist in sympathy, sought to present itself as a cheaper Irish competitor to the New Monthly Magazine, the Irish Penny Magazine sought a much wider audience. Borrowing elements from the cheap weeklies launched in 1832, Charles Knight’s Penny Magazine and Robert and William Chambers’s Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, it targeted readers who ostensibly included men such as Jerry O’Toole. An 1833 contribution, ‘Sketches from the Country II: Bringing a Wife to Reason’, offers a similar framing device to the Dublin and London Magazine, but one which functions far more explicitly as self-promotion.

The employment of the device of peasant readers and listeners in the rural alehouse seeks to displace the myth of print as the killer of communal lore, but it also seeks to displace something else, as the opening of the article makes apparent: All success to the PENNY MAGAZINES! They deserve it. Their editors have gone spiritedly and sensibly to work, and already the good effects are visible. 48 22 The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale It is not oral tale-telling, but a different kind of cheap print – the ballad and chapbook – that the Irish Penny Magazine sought to supplant.

An 1833 contribution, ‘Sketches from the Country II: Bringing a Wife to Reason’, offers a similar framing device to the Dublin and London Magazine, but one which functions far more explicitly as self-promotion. The writer (in all probability Samuel Lover) informs his readers that, in Wexford, a group of seven or eight peasants meet twice weekly in a back parlour of an alehouse, each taking turns to buy a copy of the Irish Penny Magazine. Larry Hennessy, who is always called upon to read aloud the ‘grotesque and ludicrous’ stories from the magazine, tells his companions that he once tricked some magazine editors into thinking one of his invented tales was an ancient local legend.

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