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From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations

by Allan Metcalf

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An interesting book on the sayings and slang words over the generations.
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  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
I was expecting a fairly basic collection of words from different generations which helped to define those generations. This book provided so much more than that. As explained in the beginning, the structure of the generations is based on research by Strauss and Howe on generational cycles and the types of generations that have historically preceded and followed each other.

By use of this general guideline, Metcalf presents a collection of words with not simply a bit of history about each word but also how the words happen to coincide with the type of generation as described by Strauss and Howe.

This will be an interesting read for lovers of words and for history buffs who like to read about the ways in which language and culture are intertwined. Highly recommended!

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  pomo58 | Jul 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 019992712X, Hardcover)

From baby boomers with 'groovy' and 'yuppie,' to Generation X with 'whatever' and 'like,' each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but highlight their differences with other generations.

In this entertaining compilation, Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word, shows that each generation--those born within the same roughly 20-year time period--can be identified and characterized by its key words. Metcalf tells the story of the history and usage of these words, starting with the American Revolution and ending with the post-Millennial Homeland generation. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among today's generations--the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents--From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we thought we knew, and tells the unheard stories of each and how they accompanied its generation through its time.

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"From baby boomers with 'groovy' and 'yuppie, ' to Generation X with 'whatever' and 'like, ' each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but highlight their differences with other generations. In this entertaining compilation, Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word, shows that each generation--those born within the same roughly 20-year time period--can be identified and characterized by its key words. Metcalf tells the story of the history and usage of these words, starting with the American Revolution and ending with the post-Millennial Homeland generation. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among today's generations--the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents--From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we thought we knew, and tells the unheard stories of each and how they accompanied its generation through its time"--… (more)

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