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The City In Slang

Author : Irving Lewis Allen
ISBN : 0195357760
Genre : Social Science
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The American urban scene, and in particular New York's, has given us a rich cultural legacy of slang words and phrases, a bonanza of popular speech. Hot dog, rush hour, butter-and-egg man, gold digger, shyster, buttinsky, smart aleck, sidewalk superintendent, yellow journalism, breadline, straphanger, tar beach, the Tenderloin, the Great White Way, to do a Brodie--these are just a few of the hundreds of popular words and phrases that were born or took on new meaning in the streets of New York. In The City in Slang, Irving Lewis Allen traces this flowering of popular expressions that accompanied the emergence of the New York metropolis from the early nineteenth century down to the present. This unique account of the cultural and social history of America's greatest city provides in effect a lexicon of popular speech about city life. With many stories Allen shows how this vocabulary arose from city streets, often interplaying with vaudeville, radio, movies, comics, and the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley. Some terms of great pertinence to city people today have unexpectedly old pedigrees. Rush hour was coined by 1890, for instance, and rubberneck dates to the late 1890s and became popular in New York to describe the busloads of tourists who craned their necks to see the tall buildings and the sights of the Bowery and Chinatown. The Big Apple itself (since 1971 the official nickname of New York) appeared in the 1920s, though first in reference to the city's top racetracks and to Broadway bookings as pinnacles of professional endeavor. Allen also tells fascinating stories behind once-popular slang that is no longer in use. Spielers, for example, were the little girls in tenement districts who danced ecstatically on the sidewalks to the music of the hurdy-gurdy men and, when they were old enough, frequented the dance halls of the Lower East Side. Following the trail of these words and phrases into the city's East Side, West Side, and all around the town, from Harlem to Wall Street, and into the haunts of its high and low life, The City in Slang is a fascinating look at the rich cultural heritage of language about city life.

New York City English

Author : Michael Newman
ISBN : 9781501500602
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book is the first to examine the English spoken in New York City comprehensively, including pronunciation, grammar, and discourse. Using sources from classic studies to original data, Newman describes New Yorkers' speech in a way that is linguistically rigorous yet accessible to non-specialists. The book also shows how the linguistic similarities and differences among New Yorkers are rooted in social, cultural, and historical factors.

New York City

Author : Andrew F. Smith
ISBN : 9781442227132
Genre : Cooking
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New York City’s first food biography showcases the vibrancy, innovation, diversity, and taste of this most-celebrated American metropolis.

Multicultural Information Quests

Author : Marie E. Rodgers
ISBN : 1563086867
Genre : Education
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Aimed at encouraging students to use research sources besides encyclopedias and the Internet, lists books in such areas as religion, women, mythology, scientists, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans.

Whiting Up

Author : Marvin McAllister
ISBN : 9780807869062
Genre : Social Science
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In the early 1890s, black performer Bob Cole turned blackface minstrelsy on its head with his nationally recognized whiteface creation, a character he called Willie Wayside. Just over a century later, hiphop star Busta Rhymes performed a whiteface supercop in his hit music video "Dangerous." In this sweeping work, Marvin McAllister explores the enduring tradition of "whiting up," in which African American actors, comics, musicians, and even everyday people have studied and assumed white racial identities. Not to be confused with racial "passing" or derogatory notions of "acting white," whiting up is a deliberate performance strategy designed to challenge America's racial and political hierarchies by transferring supposed markers of whiteness to black bodies--creating unexpected intercultural alliances even as it sharply critiques racial stereotypes. Along with conventional theater, McAllister considers a variety of other live performance modes, including weekly promenading rituals, antebellum cakewalks, solo performance, and standup comedy. For over three centuries, whiting up as allowed African American artists to appropriate white cultural production, fashion new black identities through these "white" forms, and advance our collective ability to locate ourselves in others.

The Challenge Of American History

Author : Louis P. Masur
ISBN : 0801862221
Genre : History
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In The Challenge of American History, Louis Masur brings together a sampling of recent scholarship to determine the key issues preoccupying historians of American history and to contemplate the discipline's direction for the future. The fifteen summary essays included in this volume allow professional historians, history teachers, and students to grasp in a convenient and accessible form what historians have been writing about.

Linguistics And Language Behavior Abstracts

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ISBN : UOM:39015079919240
Genre : Language and languages
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Book Review Digest

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ISBN : UOM:39015078261867
Genre : Bibliography
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Historic Cities Of The Americas

Author : David Marley
ISBN : 1576070271
Genre : History
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With rare maps, prints, and photographs, this unique volume explores the dramatic history of the Americas through the birth and development of the hemisphere's great cities.

Compass American Guides

Author : Gil Reavill
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114933372
Genre : Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
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