By Sol Steinmetz
Note geeks (1984), have a good time! 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 existence to ignite the main important, creative, fruitful, and A-OK (1961) lexicographical tremendous Bang (1950) because the first no-brow (1922) Neanderthal grunted meaningfully.
From the flip of the 20th century to this present day, our language has grown from round 90,000 new phrases to a couple 500,000—at least, that’s today’s most sensible guesstimate (1936). What money owed 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 visible during 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 corresponding to nickelodeon, escalator, and, think it or no longer, Ms.) in the course of 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 observe fanatics is a boffo (1934) social gathering of linguistic esoterica (1929).
In chapters geared up via decade, every 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 observe for It reveals how the yank tradition contributed to the evolution and enlargement of the English language and vice versa. sincerely, 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).