Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the 20th Century

Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the 20th Century

by Rosemarie Ostler

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195182545
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rosemarie Ostler, a linguist and librarian, has written on this topic for The Saturday Evening Post, and her work has also appeared in The Futurist, Oregon Quarterly, Whole Earth, and Writers' Journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Century's Worth of Old (and New) Wordsix
1900-1919: Modern Times1
The Twenties: Flappers and Flaming Youth25
The Thirties: Swinging Cats in Hooverville47
The Forties: Rosie the Riveter and G.I. Joe71
The Fifties: Hipsters in Squaresville95
The Xisties: Getting With It119
The Seventies: Pet Rocks and Plumbers145
The Eighties: Tubular Times169
The Nineties: Dot-Comming into Y2K191
Afterword: Good-Bye to a Great Century213
Bibliography215
Index223
Picture Credits239

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