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Allan Metcalf - From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations - 9780199927128 - KSS0005240
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From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations

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Description for From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations Hardback. Selfie, slacker, groovy, teenager-these are some of the words that have emerged from the different generations in American history. This book tells the stories of these and dozens of other words that identify and characterize the generations, from skedaddle, dude, and sexy, to rock and roll, streaking, and friends with benefits. Num Pages: 232 pages. BIC Classification: CB; CBX; CFFD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 138 x 186 x 25. Weight in Grams: 292. Clean copy with some shelf wear, minor nicks and bumps on dustwrapper but otherwise clean
From baby boomers with 'groovy' and 'yuppie' to Generation X with 'whatever' and 'like,' each generation inevitably generates original words that come out of its social and historical context. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but also highlight the differences between them and other generations. In this book, Allan Metcalf, author of OK, uses a special framework of defining American generations to show that each generation of those born within a particular 20-year time period can be identified and characterized by words it chooses to use. By ... Read more

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Oxford University Press Inc
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About Allan Metcalf
Allan Metcalf is author of six previous books on language, most recently OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word (Oxford University Press, 2010). He posts weekly to the Lingua Franca blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and, as executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, invented that group's annual vote on Word of the Year. He is Professor ... Read more

Reviews for From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations
what makes this book stand out is the sociology included in the look at these words.
an enjoyable, interesting ... read for the armchair etymologist.
sprightly history of American slang
Sam Kitchener, The Sunday Telegraph
fun-sized contribution to the pop-etymology shelves
Sam Leith, The Guardian

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