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 2 (2014)
|2x01 Straight from the Horse's Mouth |
In this episode, we look at the ways that American English has been transformed by animals, food, sports - and death. Ever wonder why we say “that’s a horse of a different color” ...
|May. 31, 2014|
|2x02 Riding Shotgun |
Words and phrases inspired by booze and forms of transportation are examined.
|Jun. 07, 2014|
|2x03 Lower the Boom |
In this episode, we look at the ways that American English was transformed by the high seas, the ancient world, the movers and shakers of big business, and the news industry. Ever ...
|Jun. 14, 2014|
|2x04 Off the Cuff |
In this episode, we look at the ways that American English has been transformed by the clothes we wear, the crimes we commit and the punishments we receive, the insults we use…and ...
|Jun. 21, 2014|
|2x05 Cut to the Chase |
In this episode we look at how entertainment from circuses and vaudeville to plays and movies, influenced the common words and phrases we say every day. How did bad actors give us ...
|Jun. 28, 2014|
|2x06 Bite the Bullet |
Slang words that have originated from the military, police, aviation and baseball.
|Jul. 19, 2014|
|2x07 Go for Broke |
In this episode, we look at the ways that American English has been transformed by the Vikings, the Cold War, computers, music, gambling, and the different meaning we give to the ...
|Jul. 26, 2014|
|2x08 Hail to the Chief |
In this episode, we look at the ways that American English has been transformed by American presidents, by the language of sex and romance, by good and bad manners. We’ll also explore ...
|Aug. 02, 2014|
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