America's Secret Slang 2 Seasons 2013
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1. Guns, Booze, and Politics Politics is full of odd phrases like "pork barrel projects," "slush funds," and "lame ducks" -- all of which had practical origins and morphed to mean what they do today.
2. Them's Fighting Words Have you ever wondered why someone who can't get it together is called a "basket case"? Or where the term "Yankee" came from? And why do we say someone "bought the farm" when they die?
3. Y'all Speak Country The American South has given us words like "y'all" and "rednecks" as well as dozens of colorful phrases like "fly off the handle," "having an axe to grind," and "barking up the wrong tree.
4. Westword Ho! Expressions from "riffraff" to "betting your bottom dollar", "passing the buck," "acid test" and even "heard it through the grapevine" all come from America's frontier days. But have you ever wondered why…
5. Coming to America 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?
6. Talking Turkey Americans have always loved to eat and expressions relating to food from New York's "big apple" to "wake up and smell the coffee" pepper our everyday speech. But where did they all come from?
As a school teacher, I've been very interested in this series. It's great to find out where some of these idioms come from. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria
Lots of fun and was captivated, especially, by the Coming to America.
However, I'd like to see more back-up, books from which the info came, references, so that I may... Read more
I am an amateur linguist, and I love word origins and historical usage. I really enjoyed learning all these meanings of these words, many of which I did not know. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vanessa Cowart