By Irving Lewis Allen
The yank city scene, and particularly New York's, has given us a wealthy cultural legacy of slang phrases and words, a bonanza of well known speech. Hot dog
, rush hour
, butter-and-egg man
, gold digger
, smart aleck
, sidewalk superintendent
, yellow journalism
, tar beach
, the Tenderloin
, the nice White Way
, to do a Brodie
--these are only many of the 1000's of renowned phrases and words that have been born or took on new which means within the streets of recent York.
In The urban in Slang
, Irving Lewis Allen strains this flowering of well known expressions that followed the emergence of the recent York city starting within the early 19th century, offering in influence a lexicon of renowned speech approximately urban lifestyles in addition to a different account of the cultural and social historical past of America's maximum urban. He indicates how this vocabulary arose from urban streets, usually interplaying with vaudeville, radio, videos, comics, and the preferred songs of Tin Pan Alley.
a few phrases of serious pertinence to urban buyers have all of sudden outdated pedigrees. Rush hour
used to be coined by way of 1890, for example, and rubberneck
dates to the past due Nineties and have become renowned in manhattan to explain the busloads of visitors who craned their necks to work out the tall structures and the attractions of the Bowery and Chinatown. The titanic Apple
itself (since 1971 the authentic nickname of recent York) seemed within the Twenties, even though first in connection with the city's most sensible racetracks and to Broadway bookings as pinnacles pastime. Allen additionally tells attention-grabbing tales at the back of once-popular slang that's now not in use. Spielers
, for instance, have been the little ladies in tenement districts who danced ecstatically at the sidewalks to the song of the hurdy-gurdy males and, after they have been sufficiently old, frequented the dance halls of the reduce East Side.
Following the path of those phrases and words into the city's East facet, West part, and everywhere in the city, from Harlem to Wall road, and into the haunts of its low and high existence, The urban in Slang
is an interesting examine the wealthy cultural history of language approximately urban lifestyles.