The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech

The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech


the yankee city scene, and particularly New York's, has given us a wealthy cultural legacy of slang phrases and words, a bonanza of well known speech. Hot dog, rush hour, butter-and-egg man, gold digger, shyster, buttinsky, smart aleck, sidewalk superintendent, yellow journalism, breadline, straphanger, tar beach, the Tenderloin, the nice White Way, to do a Brodie--these are only a number of the 1000's of well known phrases and words that have been born or took on new that means within the streets of latest York.
In The urban in Slang, Irving Lewis Allen lines this flowering of renowned expressions that observed the emergence of the recent York city from the early 19th century all the way down to the current. This detailed account of the cultural and social heritage of America's maximum urban offers in impact a lexicon of renowned speech approximately urban existence. With many tales Allen indicates how this vocabulary arose from urban streets, usually interplaying with vaudeville, radio, video clips, comics, and the preferred songs of Tin Pan Alley.
a few phrases of significant pertinence to urban buyers have suddenly previous pedigrees. Rush hour used to be coined by way of 1890, for example, and rubberneck dates to the overdue Nineties and have become renowned in big apple to explain the busloads of holiday makers who craned their necks to work out the tall structures and the points of interest of the Bowery and Chinatown. The huge Apple itself (since 1971 the reputable nickname of latest York) seemed within the Nineteen Twenties, although first in connection with the city's best racetracks and to Broadway bookings as pinnacles pastime. Allen additionally tells attention-grabbing tales at the back of once-popular slang that's not in use. Spielers, for instance, have been the little ladies in tenement districts who danced ecstatically at the sidewalks to the tune of the hurdy-gurdy males and, after they have been the right age, frequented the dance halls of the decrease East Side.
Following the path of those phrases and words into the city's East aspect, West part, and all over the city, from Harlem to Wall highway, and into the haunts of its low and high existence, The urban in Slang is an interesting examine the wealthy cultural background of language approximately urban existence.

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