Host Zach Selwyn hits the streets to ask everyday people what they know about the origins and meaning of American slang, and then he reveals the true etymology and hidden history of common phrases and words that are unique to the United States. In each 30-minute episode, Selwyn focuses on a specific period in American history, revealing words the originated during that era or had significance for the geographic region.
America's Secret Slang Season 1 (2013)
|1x01 Guns, Booze and Politics |
Politics is full of odd phrases like "pork barrel projects," "slush funds," and "lame ducks" - all of which had practical origins and morphed to mean what they do today. The same ...
|Apr. 14, 2013|
|1x02 Them's Fighting Words |
Have you ever wondered why someone who can't get it together is called a "basket case"? Or where the term "Yankee" came from? And why do we say someone "bought the farm" when they ...
|Apr. 14, 2013|
|1x03 Y'All Speak Country |
The American South has given us words like "y'all" and "rednecks" as well as dozens of colorful phrases like "fly off the handle," "having an axe to grind," and "barking up the wrong ...
|Apr. 21, 2013|
|1x04 West Word, Ho! |
Expressions from "riffraff" to "betting your bottom dollar", "passing the buck," "acid test" and even "heard it through the grapevine" all come from America's frontier days. But have ...
|Apr. 28, 2013|
|1x05 Coming to America |
Ever wonder why American cowboys say "'git along little doggies" when they're talking about herding cattle? Or why a losing wrestler "cries uncle?" And why do we say "ouch" when we ...
|May. 05, 2013|
|1x06 Talking Turkey |
Americans have always loved to eat and expressions relating to food - from New York's "big apple" to "wake up and smell the coffee" - pepper our everyday speech. But where did they ...
|May. 12, 2013|
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