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Published: 15 September 2005

256 Pages | 23 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195182545

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Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers

A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the Twentieth Century

Rosemarie Ostler

A nostalgic word trip through the highs and lows of American English from the last century, this book pays special attention to words that enjoyed a brief vogue only to end up abandoned and nearly forgotten: jet jockeys, keypunch operators, the bugged-out and the slackers. All these words have a place here in engaging essays, arranged by decade, that put them in their historical and sociological context.

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