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Where'd The Word 'Crap' Come From?

Posted 10.02.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "The Etymologicon" [Berkley Trade, $16.00] by Mark Forsyth: There’s a myth that the word crap was coined for th...

The Origins Of 7 Popular Slang Words

Professor Julie Coleman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Professor Julie Coleman

For me, slang is at the social interface of language. Slang words aren't linguistically different from other words, except that they keep on moving. It is my considered opinion that slang is a bag of snakes.