By Sol Steinmetz
Observe geeks (1984), celebrate! Crack open those covers and immerse your self in a mind-expanding (1963) compendium of the hot phrases (or new meanings of phrases) that experience sprung from American lifestyles 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 20 th century to this present day, our language has grown from round 90,000 new phrases to a few 500,000—at least, that’s today’s top 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 obvious 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 similar 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 recent millennium (with its blogs, Google, and Obamamania), this ceremonial dinner for notice fans is a boffo (1934) party 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 notice for It reveals how the yank tradition contributed to the evolution and growth of the English language and vice versa. basically, 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 percentage of hokum (1917) and gobbledygook (1944)—but this one actually is the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas (1920s).