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I Love It When You Talk Retro : Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech (Paperback)

Author: Keyes, Ralph

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Today''s eighteen-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, the size of a breadbox, or why "going postal" refers to a major uproar. Such "retroterms" are words or phrases whose origin lies in our past. "I Love It When You Talk Retro" discusses these verbal fossils that linger in our national conversation long after the topic they refer to has galloped into the sunset. That could be a person (Charles Ponzi), product (Edsel), radio show ("Gang Busters"), or ad slogan ("Cha-ching!"). How many realize that "cooties" was World War I slang for lice, or that "doofus "came from the comic strip "Popeye"?

Ralph Keyes takes us on an illuminating and engaging tour through what he calls "retrotalk." This journey along the highways of history and byways of culture""is an invaluable handbook for anyone who''s ever wondered about an obscure word or phrase, "I wonder where that came from?" Ralph Keyes''s book answers that question. Repeatedly. And is a lot of fun to read. """


Publisher Griffin
Mfg Part# 9780312606404
SKU 211880829
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312606400
Release Date 2/2/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0310
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
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