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From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf (review)

From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf (review) From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiii + 209. $19.95. ISBN: 978-019-026312-8 his book is the latest by Allan Metcalf on the place of words in the English language. The first was America in So Many Words: Words That Have Shaped America. That book sought to progress year by year, identifying each year with a term that arose or in some cases blossomed then. In 1999, Metcalf published The World in So Many Words. From Iceland came geyser; from Norway, berserk; and from what is now the Czech Republic, robot, etc.--demonstrating the sponge-like readiness of English to absorb from where ever whatever it needs. Metcalf has also written about the history of a single word in OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word. His wide-ranging interest in English in America is underscored by Presidential Voices: Speaking Styles from George Washington to George W. Bush. From Skedaddle to Selfie groups together the linguistic terms that characterize each of thirteen generations from the Republican Generation (those born between 1742 and 1766) up to the Homeland Generation (those born beginning in 2005). These generations provide the organizational structure http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf (review)

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From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiii + 209. $19.95. ISBN: 978-019-026312-8 his book is the latest by Allan Metcalf on the place of words in the English language. The first was America in So Many Words: Words That Have Shaped America. That book sought to progress year by year, identifying each year with a term that arose or in some cases blossomed then. In 1999, Metcalf published The World in So Many Words. From Iceland came geyser; from Norway, berserk; and from what is now the Czech Republic, robot, etc.--demonstrating the sponge-like readiness of English to absorb from where ever whatever it needs. Metcalf has also written about the history of a single word in OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word. His wide-ranging interest in English in America is underscored by Presidential Voices: Speaking Styles from George Washington to George W. Bush. From Skedaddle to Selfie groups together the linguistic terms that characterize each of thirteen generations from the Republican Generation (those born between 1742 and 1766) up to the Homeland Generation (those born beginning in 2005). These generations provide the organizational structure

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Jan 11, 2016

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