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I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech Hardcover – 31 Mar 2009

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Praise for I LOVE IT WHEN YOU TALK RETRO: "At last, a genuine study of the sort of history you will actually want to know about. This book reveals the root of a large part of our culture and the way modern language has developed."--Albert Jack, author of "Red Herrings and White Elephants "and" Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep""We love "I Love It When You Talk Retro." How modern language came to be, and how it trickles into our daily speech is a fascinating subject. Ralph Keyes has done a fine job."--Jane and Michael Stern, authors of" The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "and" Roadfood" "A fun, fact-packed and eminently browsable guide, which cuts the mustard, hangs a few myths out to dry, and should play in Peoria."--Henry Hitchings, author of "The Secret Life of Words" "Everyone needs this book. Younger people need it to decipher the allusions and metaphors of their elders and older people need it to remind them of the days when today's retro was cutting edge. Ralph Keyes has outdone himself with this intensely useful and highly entertaining work. ""I Love It When You Talk Retro"" is an absolute gem."--Paul Dickson, author of ""The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Family Words, """"and "War Slang"

Praise for I LOVE IT WHEN YOU TALK RETRO:

“At last, a genuine study of the sort of history you will actually want to know about. This book reveals the root of a large part of our culture and the way modern language has developed.”--Albert Jack, author of "Red Herrings and White Elephants "and" Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"

“We love "I Love It When You Talk Retro." How modern language came to be, and how it trickles into our daily speech is a fascinating subject. Ralph Keyes has done a fine job.”--Jane and Michael Stern, authors of" The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "and" Roadfood" 

“A fun, fact-packed and eminently browsable guide, which cuts the mustard, hangs a few myths out to dry, and should play in Peoria.”--Henry Hitchings, author of "The Secret Life of Words"

 “Everyone needs this book. Younger people need it to decipher the allusions and metaphors of their elders and older

Praise for I LOVE IT WHEN YOU TALK RETRO:

"At last, a genuine study of the sort of history you will actually want to know about. This book reveals the root of a large part of our culture and the way modern language has developed."--Albert Jack, author of "Red Herrings and White Elephants "and" Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"

"We love "I Love It When You Talk Retro." How modern language came to be, and how it trickles into our daily speech is a fascinating subject. Ralph Keyes has done a fine job."--Jane and Michael Stern, authors of" The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "and" Roadfood"

"A fun, fact-packed and eminently browsable guide, which cuts the mustard, hangs a few myths out to dry, and should play in Peoria."--Henry Hitchings, author of "The Secret Life of Words"

"Everyone needs this book. Younger people need it to decipher the allusions and metaphors of their elders and older people need it to remind them of the days when today's retro was cutting edge. Ralph Keyes has outdone himself with this intensely useful and highly entertaining work. ""I Love It When You Talk Retro"" is an absolute gem."--Paul Dickson, author of ""The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Family Words, """"and "War Slang"

"Keyes's nonacademic style and probing research make this both an entertaining read and a valuable reference work." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Makes addictive reading for word nerds and informative browsing for everyone else." --"Booklist"

"At last, a genuine study of the sort of history you will actually want to know about. This book reveals the root of a large part of our culture and the way modern language has developed."--Albert Jack, author of "Red Herrings and White Elephants "and" Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"

"We love "I Love It When You Talk Retro." How modern language came to be, and how it trickles into our daily speech is a fascinating subject. Ralph Keyes has done a fine job."--Jane and Michael Stern, authors of" The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "and" Roadfood"

"A fun, fact-packed and eminently browsable guide, which cuts the mustard, hangs a few myths out to dry, and should play in Peoria."--Henry Hitchings, author of "The Secret Life of Words"

"Everyone needs this book. Younger people need it to decipher the allusions and metaphors of their elders and older people need it to remind them of the days when today's retro was cutting edge. Ralph Keyes has outdone himself with this intensely useful and highly entertaining work. ""I Love It When You Talk Retro"" is an absolute gem."--Paul Dickson, author of ""The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Family Words, """"and "War Slang"

"Keyes's nonacademic style and probing research make this both an entertaining read and a valuable reference work." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Makes addictive reading for word nerds and informative browsing for everyone else." --"Booklist"

At last, a genuine study of the sort of history you will actually want to know about. This book reveals the root of a large part of our culture and the way modern language has developed. "Albert Jack, author of Red Herrings and White Elephants and Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"

We love "I Love It When You Talk Retro." How modern language came to be, and how it trickles into our daily speech is a fascinating subject. Ralph Keyes has done a fine job. "Jane and Michael Stern, authors of The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and Roadfood"

A fun, fact-packed and eminently browsable guide, which cuts the mustard, hangs a few myths out to dry, and should play in Peoria. "Henry Hitchings, author of The Secret Life of Words"

Everyone needs this book. Younger people need it to decipher the allusions and metaphors of their elders and older people need it to remind them of the days when today's retro was cutting edge. Ralph Keyes has outdone himself with this intensely useful and highly entertaining work. "I Love It When You Talk Retro" is an absolute gem. "Paul Dickson, author of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Family Words, and War Slang"

Keyes's nonacademic style and probing research make this both an entertaining read and a valuable reference work. "Publishers Weekly"

Makes addictive reading for word nerds and informative browsing for everyone else. "Booklist"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ralph Keyes is the author of "The Quote Verifier, The Writer's Book of Hope, "and "The Courage to Write." He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he lectures and is a trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read 31 Oct. 2013
By Meng Liu - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a business major foreign student. I will say my English is quite good, but it's always difficult to understand slangs and retro talks. This book is a fun way to learn just that! I can learn a ton in just a few pages! My only problem with the book is the author has a HUGE vocabulary, not surprisingly. Therefore I had to use dictionary all the time to understand the stories in the book. I don't need to do that at all even when reading "The Brief History of Time", an astronomy book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting info mixed lots that is not so interesting 4 Mar. 2013
By ecom pro - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot of interesting info and I like the way it is divided by subject area. You will definitely learn things you did not know. You just need to be a patient reader, and realize many of the phrases are no longer in use, so it is historical. I only gave three stars because you often are reading material that is either fairly obvious if you know the term, or else terms you never heard of to begin with.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and Entertaining for us Word Buffs 29 Dec. 2013
By joanne rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was light and fun to browse, often telling me new slants on words I thought I already know the origins of. Showed me twists and buried meanings that added new light to old meanings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper meaning 16 Aug. 2010
By OmniChu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been a trip down memory lane. Not that I'm that old, but having heard many of these terms from older relatives, it's fun to findout where they came from. 'Davenport'? Always seemed to be just another name for 'couch'. No longer. If you like this book, you may also like, "More tea, Vicar?", british phrases explained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Interesting! 14 April 2010
By Sarabara - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved finding out about the origins of all of these common phrases. Some I had never even heard of, but some I had an idea of where they came from. Quite an interesting read. I am only 23, so while I have heard most of the phrases, finding the origins was quite interesting! My mom is next in line to read it!
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