Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations: by Allen Metcalfe

From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations: 
by Allen Metcalfe

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

My review 
5/5 Stars

*ARC from NetGalley*

The author takes us through generations and introduces us to words that made up those generations. 

I love how we are taken through different generations and introduced to words that have characterize and described those generations. I find it fun to know the history of words and how they and their definition have came to be. 

I thought the author did a wonderful job and I liked at the end how he gave us a peek into the future generation might end up doing. 

I found this book to be a fun, interesting and informative read. I think those who enjoy words and the history behind them would really enjoy this book.

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