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Speaking freely : a guided tour of American English from Plymouth Rock to Silicon Valley

Author: Stuart Berg Flexner; Anne H Soukhanov
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores "the origin and history of many of our most delightful words ... [and] the changing cultural conditions that produced them. With chapters on Americanisms, cyberspace, advertising, fighting words, fitness, geography, economics, sex, crime, gender, generation gaps, and many other subjects."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Flexner, Stuart Berg.
Speaking freely.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)653029700
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Berg Flexner; Anne H Soukhanov
ISBN: 019510692X 9780195106923
OCLC Number: 36824756
Notes: Based on Stuart Berg Flexner's I hear America talking and Listening to America.
Includes index.
Description: vii, 472 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Advertising: getting the word out --
American spoken by Americans --
Booze: America's love affair with the bottle --
Communications: from snail mail to E-mail --
Crime watch --
Cyberspace: I hear America clicking --
Dirty words: pardon my French --
Disaster areas --
"It's the economy, Stupid!" --
English English --
Environmental studies --
Fashions of the times --
Fighting words --
Fit as a fiddle --
Food for thought: America eats --
On the fringes --
Fueling the fires --
It's your funeral --
Gender gaps --
Talkin' 'bout my generation --
Genetic engineering ... and linguistic reengineering --
Geography: it's on the map --
To your health! --
That holiday spirit: red-letter days --
Homeless alone --
The word of the law and the law of the land. Cont.): Manners and mannerisms --
Politically correct --
Politcs: no term limits --
Pop culture --
Yo! America raps --
Getting religion --
The American way of sex --
Outer space: the final frontier --
The sporting life --
I hear America talking ... on the talk shows --
Transportation: hitchin' a ride --
Trash and garbage --
The wild, wild West.
Responsibility: Stuart Berg Flexner and Anne H. Soukhanov.
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Explores "the origin and history of many of our most delightful words ... [and] the changing cultural conditions that produced them. With chapters on Americanisms, cyberspace, advertising, fighting words, fitness, geography, economics, sex, crime, gender, generation gaps, and many other subjects."--Jacket.

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