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I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech

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I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech

by Ralph Keyes

About this title: " Today's eighteen-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, the size of a breadbox, or why "going postal" refers to a major uproar. Such "retroterms" are words or phrases whose origin lies in our past. "I Love It When You Talk Retro" discusses these verbal fossils that linger in our national conversation long after the topic they refer to has galloped into the sunset. That could be a person (Charles Ponzi), product (Edsel), radio show ("Gang Busters"), or ad slogan ("Cha-ching!"). How many realize that "cooties" was ... read more

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