Tom Kirby said: "My nickname was Mot, from the backslang
days when lots of words were said backwards.
Paul Baker chronciles Polari as a coded language based sources including the common sailors' lingua franca, thieves' cant and backslang
- spoken mainly by gay men, particularly in its 1950s heyday, when homosexuality was illegal.
Supposedly originating in Victoria times, backslang
was devised by London market traders as a way of turning round words so they could have secret conversations in front of customers.
For example, Swardspeak contains a set of words that follow the same basic pattern found the French play language Verlan in which words are pronounced backwards (or backslang
Although verlan was originally nothing more than what linguists term backslang
, it should not be automatically dismissed as a meaningless, juvenile form of entertainment.
Thus, refusing to fully embrace the label beur--a term whose origins could be found in the linguistic device known as backslang
that reversed the dominant consonants "r" and "b" in the word "Arab" and that was utilized to define this ambiguity--Zebda indicated a partial (albeit humorous) affinity to the broader identitarian issues at stake around the question of assimilation and integration through the name they adopted for their group that means "beurre" (butter) in Arabic.
He had learned it as a youngster in Liverpool where it was known as backslang
It derives from the reversal of syllables in the word arabe (even though not all North Africans are Arabs; some are Berbers), following the use of verlan, or backslang
, in the outer suburbs of Paris.
a DVD made by members of the youth club he was given a beginner's dictionary on how to talk street.
A verlan (backslang
) inversion of Arabe, it was first adopted as a self-designation by second-generation Maghrebis in the Paris suburbs during the 1970s, when it served to extricate them from the pejorative connotations which had become attached to the word Arabe during the colonization of North Africa.
"Beur," a form of backslang
, operates as counter-discourse by reversing the order of the syllables of a word.
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