America's Secret Slang 2 Seasons 2013

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Season 1
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5. Coming to America TV-14 CC

Ever wonder why American cowboys say "'git along little doggies" when they're talking about herding cattle? Or why a losing wrestler "cries uncle"? And why do we say "ouch" when we stub a toe?

Starring:
Zach Selwyn
Runtime:
23 minutes
Original air date:
May 5, 2013

Available in HD on supported devices.

Coming to America

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Zach Selwyn
Season year 2013
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Carter Figueroa
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seán on January 11, 2014
I haven't watched all of this but I watched the programme that relates to immigration and the different groups that added to the American vocabulary. The research on Irish is atrocious and it doesn't inspire confidence that they did it any better with Yiddish or Italian. For Irish, they take information from Daniel Cassidy's How The Irish Invented Slang, which has been hammered by academics, and treat it as if it's real research. As an Irish speaker, I can vouch for the fact that Cassidy's work is almost entirely fantasy, but the researchers of this programme didn't even copy Cassidy's absurd claims accurately, so it contains a shoddy rehashing of a book which was already unbelievably bad. It's a pity because it could have been an interesting series, but if their researchers fell for a charlatan like Cassidy, there's no guarantee that anything in these programmes is trustworthy.
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By Stephanie Garrett on June 24, 2014
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America's Secret Slang is a very interesting program and especially fun to use as a supplement for US History students. High School students find it very intriguing to discover where certain words and phrases originated.
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By Patty in San Diego on June 10, 2014
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This is a really fun show with lots of factoids. Any one who is interested in the origin of words should watch this. It is a fun way to learn something new!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2013
Many people already now most of the sources. But it is fun to get it all at once.

The programs are a bit too much sound-bite, a little too noisy, and disjointed. Still you may have to take notes and add some of the slang to your repertoire.

I work with foreign colleagues daily. I get questions like what is "Up to snuff?"

If it was not for this great program I con not confound them on a daily basis.

You will want a copy so you can slow down and watch it over again.
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By Lisa Vizcarra on September 19, 2014
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My students live it! I teach 8th grade English and History.
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