Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the 20th Century Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195161465
ISBN-10: 0195161467
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From Publishers Weekly

According to linguist and librarian Ostler, "thousands of slang words and expressions entered American English between 1900 and 1999." Among these, some expressions-like "groovy," "straight skinny" and "Okie"-grew dated and fell out of use. Others-such as "cakewalk" and "motor court"-metamorphosed and entered the general lexicon. Organized by decade and ingeniously presented both in lists and in short historical essays, Ostler's definitions are clear and amusing. For any lexiphile curious to know what Depression-era hobos called the local jail or how the term "go ballistic" emerged in the 1980s, this guide will be a pleasure. B&w photos.
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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



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  • File Size: 4063 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 20, 2003)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JEPVIM
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