The Language of Thieves

While Martin Puchner’s interest in linguistics remains in focus, he writes clearly and thoughtfully, using history to examine past, present and future.

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Review of ‘The Language of Thieves’

As a boy growing up in Nuremburg, Germany, Martin Puchner was fascinated when vagrants came to their house, asking for food, guided by secret signs scratched into the house’s exterior—related, it turns out, to similar signs used by American migratory workers during the Great Depression. His father explained that these signs were part of an…

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