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From skedaddle to selfie : words of the generations

Author: Allan A Metcalf
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allan A Metcalf
ISBN: 9780199927128 019992712X
OCLC Number: 907446468
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 209 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Preface: Generating this book --
Introduction: Speaking of the generations --
The Republican Generation (born 1742-1766) --
The Compromise Generation (born 1767-1791) --
The Transcendental Generation (born 1792-1821) --
The Gilded Generation (born 1822-1842) --
The Progressive Generation (born 1843-1859) --
The Missionary Generation (born 1860-1882) --
The Lost Generation (born 1883-1900) --
The G.I. Generation (born 1901-1924) --
The Silent Generation (born 1925-1942) --
The Boom Generation (born 1943-1960) --
The Thirteenth Generation, or Generation X (born 1961-1981) --
The Millennial Generation, or Generation Y (born 1982-2004) --
The Homeland Generation (born 2005- ).
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Selfie, slacker, groovy, teenager-these are some of the words that have emerged from the different generations in American history. This book tells the stories of these and dozens of other words that  Read more...

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