Slang in An Inspector Calls | Beatrice

Slang in An Inspector Calls | Beatrice

Slang? I hear you say. What slang?

Well, it might not seem it to you, but there is plenty of it in An Inspector Calls.

Why?

Well, remember that Priestley wanted his 1940’s audience perceive the Birlings as a bit outdated. After all, the Birlings’ way of life is no longer really possible after WW2, and their attitudes are pretty outmoded too.

First of all, there’s the word “squiffy”. It’s a great word. It means ‘a bit drunk’ (or in Eric’s case, very).
It’s a word that Eric and Sheila both say more than once, but their parents never would – it’s the sociolect of youth. And that’s the point…

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