From Publishers Weekly
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"Well documented and entertaining, this book...will appeal to all aficionados of language."--Choice
"Ostler's work is fun for browsing; it offers a unique presentation of recent cultural history."--Library Journal
"Ostler's inspired idea was to track the popular speech of the 20th century -- slang, colloquial terms, occupational lingo and notable buzzwords -- by the decade in which it was popular. Much more than just a glossary, this book is a fascinating peek into some long-forgotten corners of American culture."--Columbus Dispatch
"For Gram, Pops, Mom, Dad or any other loved one with a vintage vocab. There are tons of words in this book we all used to say, and thought we were pretty cool while doing it. So, to prevent the embarrassment of improper slang usage, fo-shizzle, buy this and gift it like crazy."--Boston Herald
"Worthwhile.... Engaging. A nice light accurate skimming of the vocabulary of particular eras of the twentieth century." --Allan Metcalf, secretary of the American Dialect Society and author of America in So Many Words