Quick Search

Keyword
Title
Author
Seller Id
Advanced Search
 
 

Find us on:

 
Gift Certificate

 
 
Other
       Tell a Friend
Add to Shopping Cart
I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech, Keyes, Ralph
Stock Image
Author Name:    Keyes, Ralph

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

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    St. Martin's Griffin 

ISBN Number:   0312606400 / 9780312606404

Seller ID:   ING9780312606404

0312606400 Special order direct from the distributor

More Description

"

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. """



Price = 31.04 CDN
Add to Shopping Cart

cookie