There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900

By Sol Steinmetz

Note geeks (1984), have fun! Crack open those covers and immerse your self in a mind-expanding (1963) compendium of the recent phrases (or new meanings of phrases) that experience sprung from American lifestyles to ignite the main very important, creative, fruitful, and A-OK (1961) lexicographical immense Bang (1950) because the first no-brow (1922) Neanderthal grunted meaningfully.

From the flip of the 20th century to this day, our language has grown from round 90,000 new phrases to a few 500,000—at least, that’s today’s most sensible guesstimate (1936). What debts for this quantum bounce (1924)? In There’s a observe for It, language specialist Sol Steinmetz takes us on a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (1949) joyride (1908) via our nation’s cultural background, as obvious throughout the neato (1951) phrases and phrases we’ve invented to explain all of it. From the quaintly genteel days of the 1900s (when we first heard phrases reminiscent of nickelodeon, escalator, and, think it or now not, Ms.) during the Roaring Twenties (the time of flappers, jalopies, and bootleg booze) to the postwar ’50s (the years of rock ’n’ roll, beatniks, and blast-offs) and into the hot millennium (with its blogs, Google, and Obamamania), this ceremonial dinner for note fanatics is a boffo (1934) social gathering of linguistic esoterica (1929).

In chapters geared up via decade, each one with a full of life and informative narrative of the lifestyles and language of the time, in addition to year-by-year lists of phrases that have been making their first visual appeal, There’s a note for It reveals how the yankee tradition contributed to the evolution and growth of the English language and vice versa. in actual fact, it’s must-reading (1940). and never to disparage any of the umpteen (1918) different language books at the shelf—though they've got their proportion of hokum (1917) and gobbledygook (1944)—but this one actually is the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas (1920s).

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Within the wake of the conflict, a interval of inventive and social renaissance took over the US. It was once the time of the Jazz Age and the Flapper period. a range of latest phrases of the 1910–1919 Decade 1910 age-old, amputee, avant-garde, beaver (= beard), Bildungsroman, mind belief, buntal (hat straw), busywork, cantilevered, departmental store, cheerio (interj. ), chemotherapy, cold-cream (v. ), commercialese, commish (= commission), cooch (dance), cripes (interj. ), curie, filterability, fixation, Freudian, gink (= fellow), pass (adj. = ready), grabby (adj. ), harisa (dish), immunology, jai alai, keystroke, kitchenette, klaxon, Lincolnesque, combined grill, moron, evening letter, nuts (interj. ), Oedipus advanced, pantywaist, phoniness, photodrama, photoplay, pinch runner, pipe-dream (v. ), pipsqueak, plottage, post-impressionism, prankster, psyche, psychoanalyst, pussyfoot (adj. ), quarterbacking, rummy (card game), rustproof, sabotage, scrapie, slype (basketry), small-time, Strega (liqueur), sunbake (v. ), taramasalata, twofer, tutu, underfoot, undernourished 1911 Air strength, airmail, allergic, allergic reaction, conflict cruiser, brassière, bratwurst, claustrophobe, coo (interj. ), Cubism, desex (v. ), floozy, gene, genotype, get-together, hatha-yoga, hello (= high), higher-up, hoosegow, hophead, ivory tower, jinx (n. ), lettergram, make-work, manic melancholy, misdiagnose, mislabel, movement research, mothercraft, mozzarella, no-hitter, offpeak, outdoorsy, out-of-towner, part-timer, pen-pusher, photocopier, pickoff, pie within the sky, pinch-hit (v. ), poison pen, polio, poop (= information), pronto, psychoanalyze, Rotarian, right-on, scatty, self-cleansing, Sen-Sen, intercourse item, intercourse image, taupe, taxi (v. ), Tortoni, underinsure, vamp, Waldorf salad, wienie, X-chromosome, Y-chromosome, zing (n. ) 1912 Alzheimer’s ailment, affectless, ambivalence, autism, autistic, blues, Buddhology, boner, bunny-hug, cellophane, chef (v. ), assurance, decathlon, deviate (n. ), dupe (v. = duplicate), frumpiness, gangland, germy, gorm, highball (v. ), fatherland, Imagism (movement in poetry), Imagist, long-playing, immunologist, irregardless, Jack (cheese), kinda, low-rent, lunker, masculinist, nosedive (n. ), overprivileged, packsaddle (v. ), pep, percentagewise, piefaced, Piltdown, profiteer, pulchritudinous, punch-drunk, quantum concept, rinky-dink, Rolex, sand-yacht, schizophrenia, sex-linked, sexology, attractive, songfest, steam-roller (v. ), tweedy, verboten, vernissage, vigorish, diet, yesman 1913 amnesiac, antifreeze, balibuntal, behaviorism, blackout, body-surfing, celebrity, child-free, clientelism, close-up, crossword puzzle, Electra advanced, fifty-fifty, followership, unfastened line (fishing), geneticist, lady strength, gonna, grandkid, groceteria, histamine, home-wrecker, illegit, information, jargoneer, koine, lead-in, manpower (v. ), marathoning, mincy, motorbiking, motorcade, motion picture condo, celeb, nada, Neanderthaler, Nebuchadnezzar (bottle), neo-orthodoxy, nickel-and-dime (v. ), not-for-profit, off-flavor, once-over, ozeki (sumo), Pentecostalist, pep speak, person-to-person, pot-shot (v.

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