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Descript.
xvi, 375 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
"How do words get coined? That question is explored in Ralph Keyes's latest book, The Hidden History of Coined Words. Based on meticulous research, Keyes has determined that successful neologisms are as likely to be created by chance as by intention. A remarkable number of new words were coined whimsically, he's discovered, to taunt, even to prank. Knickers resulted from a hoax, big bang from an insult. Wisecracking produced software, crowdsource, and blog. More than a few neologisms weren't even coined intentionally: they resulted from happy accidents such as typos, mistranslations, and misheard words like bigly and buttonhole, or from an unintended coinage such as Isaac Asimov's robotics. Many of the word coiners Keyes writes about come from unlikely quarters. Neologizers (a Thomas Jefferson coinage) include not just learned scholars and literary lions but cartoonists, columnists, children's authors, and children as well. Wimp, Keyes tells us, originated with an early 20th century book series on The Wymps, goop from a series about The Goops, and nerd from a book by Dr. Seuss. Competing claims to have coined terms like gonzo, mojo, and booty call are assessed, as is epic battles fought between new word partisans, and those who think we have enough words already. A concluding chapter offers pointers on how to coin a word of one's own. Written in a reader-friendly manner, The Hidden History of Coined Words will appeal not just to word lovers but history buffs, trivia contesters, and anyone at all who is interested in a well-informed good read"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents
How words are coined : 1. Zen and the Art of Word Creation -- 2. Coined by Chance -- 3. Casual Coinage -- 4. Just Kidding -- 5. Prankery -- 6. Taunt Terms I: Euro -- 7. Taunt Terms II: U.S. -- Sources of coined words : 8. Coins in Bubbles -- 9. Ink-Stained Word Coiners -- 10. Kiddie Lit -- 11. Naming the Future -- 12. Literary Lingo -- 13. Ivy-covered Words -- Coinage syndromes : 14. Coined with Intent -- 15. Nonstarters -- 16. Van Winkle Words -- 17. Disputation -- 18. Word Wars -- 19. Coiner's Remorse -- 20. You Too Can Coin a Word.
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ISBN/ISSN
9780190466763
0190466766
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FIC NEU
Edition
First Edition.
Descript.
302 pages ; 22 cm.
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Summary
"Always run, never fight. Preserve the knowledge. Survive at all cost. Take them to the stars. Over 99 identical generations, Mia's family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race. But Mia's family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes. A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them.."-- Provided by publisher.
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Genre
ISBN/ISSN
9781250262066 (hardcover)
1250262062 (hardcover)
Call #
640 D
Edition
First edition.
Descript.
xv, 348 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-329) and index.
Contents
The road to home economics -- The Lake Placid Conference -- Food will win the war -- Perhaps it wasn't really a man's job after all -- It's up to the women -- Clothes moths work for Hitler -- From coveralls to housecoats -- The iron fist in the oven mitt -- Selling Mrs. Housewife -- New directions -- New homemakers build the future -- Beyond stitching and stirring -- Addressing the enemy -- Home economics at risk -- What would Ellen do?.
Summary
"The surprising, often fiercely feminist, always fascinating, yet barely known, history of home economics. The term "home economics" may conjure traumatic memories of lopsided hand-sewn pillows or sunken cakes. But obscured by common conception is the story of the revolutionary science of better living. The field exploded opportunities for women in the twentieth century by reducing domestic work and providing jobs as professors, engineers, chemists, and businesspeople that were otherwise foreclosed. In The Secret History of Home Economics, Danielle Dreilinger traces the field's history from small farms to the White House, from Victorian suffragists to Palo Alto techies. Home economics followed the currents of American culture even as it shaped them; Dreilinger brings forward the racism within the movement along with the strides taken by Black women who were influential leaders and innovators. She also looks at the personal lives of home economics' women, as they chose being single, shared lives with women, or tried for egalitarian marriages. This groundbreaking and engaging history restores a maligned subject to its rightful importance"-- Provided by publisher.
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ISBN/ISSN
9781324004493 (hardcover)
1324004495 (hardcover)
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