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READ & DOWNLOAD How the Irish Invented Slang The Secret Language of the Crossroads Counterpunch 109 ☆ ➺ [Reading] ➼ How the Irish Invented Slang The Secret Language of the Crossroads Counterpunch By Daniel Cassidy ➯ – In a series of lively essays thHat grew out of them Cassidy uncovers a secret national heritage long discounted by our WASP dominated cultureDaniel Cassidy is How the Epubthe founder and co director of the Irish Studies Program at New College in San Francisc. This book is incredible It goes through a mass of words and traces their history from America back to the depths of Irish pre history in some cases Most interesting parts are on words used in gambling that reach back to almost mythological meanings in Celtic culture and gambs legsAlso interesting how African Italian and Irish Americans blended language as a way to confuse the Republican elite in matters of business and crime and general joking around Two can play at the doublespeak gameehI'd like to see a book written like this about Australian wordsI'm sure sheila woman comes from Sheila Na Gighahaha

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In a series of Irish Invented PDFEPUB #196 lively essays this pioneering book proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth century Irish America Jazz and poker sucker and scam all derive from Irish While dem. The Irish make up one of the biggest ethnic groups in the English speaking world of Britain the USA and Australia As the first colony of England where much of later British imperialist policies were perfected and tested the Irish were the laborers the soldiers and the maids of the Anglo rulers in the United States and Britain Irish women were especially popular in the States as servants because they spoke English However it is very easy to forget that the Irish's native language is not English but Irish GaelicYet for a group whom was so emerged in English speaking culture after they were conuered by the English and crushed over and over again in rebellions very little of the Irish language appears to have influenced the English at least according to most mainstream English dictionaries like Oxford In How the Irish Invented Slang Daniel Cassidy lays out an argument that most English linguistic study have all overlooked the Irish influence most because much of the words come from working class language of the Irish slums and therefore much of our colorful language actually is descended from the Irish Gaelic language though the spelling has changed and origin was often listed as unknown by the scholars Therefore Irish Americans can take heart that their language is still spoken in the bars and streets across the US especially amongst working peopleHe explores popular songs like railroad songs cowboy songs and baseball songs to how the Irish influenced popular card game lingo to cowboy lingo to how the book and movie Gangs of New York got the name of the gang Dead Rabbits completely wrong In the back is a nice dictionary of words that Cassidy attributes to being descended from Irish Gaelic a language not crushed out of existence by Anglo culture after all For examples listed below are 45 slangdescended from slang words which Cassidy attributes to the working class Irish1 Babe sexually attractive young woman2 Baloney as in foolishness3 Bee's Wax as in none of your4 Booze5 Brat6 Chuck as in to throw7 Cop as in policeman8 Dork9 Dude10 Fluke11 Freak12 Gams as in legs13 Geek14 Guzzle15 Hick as in peasant or country fool16 Honky17 Jerk18 Lunch19 Lick as in to beat someone20 MaPa21 Mug as in someone's face22 Malarkey foolish talk23 Mutt24 Phoney25 Pussy as in vagina or whiner26 Puss as in mouth or lips27 Slugger as in baseball hitter28 ueer as in odd29 Razzamatazz showing off high spirits30 Root as in to cheer for31 Slew as in large number a whole of 'em32 Shanty33 Shindig party34 Shoo35 Whiskey36 Skinny inside information37 Slacker38 Slogan39 Smack as in to hit40 Sock as in to punch41 Spunk spirit energy semen42 Sucker as in fool43 Taunt44 Yacking45 Yellow as in cowardlyThis is a great book for anyone curious about language and why certain words arose In a country where working people are often slammed for their language as being outrageous or overly emotional or dramatic or offensive and while working people are told how stupid they are for they way in which they talk or continuingly corrected their entire lives it's very nice to read a history of where those dirty words of the rabble come from It's nice to not feel stupid when people are talking about language for once

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How the Irish Invented Slang The Secret Language of the Crossroads CounterpunchOnstrating this Daniel Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America not just linguistically but through the Irish gambling underworld urban street gangs and the powerful political machines t. A fascinating maddening read the central thesis much American slang of unknown origin is actually straight from Gaelic is compelling and the surrounding sociology is interesting but the organization makes it very difficult to read fluently Every Irish derived word is bolded and followed by the definition of the source word in parentheses even if the same word was defined one page before Many of the stories and sociological observations are used as connective tissue between definitions rather than fully explained And Cassidy spends too much time detailing convoluted outdated etymologies for words which he then proves must surely be Irish in origin after the first few times I was happy to assume that there were plenty of bunk contraction of bunkum buanchumadh pron bun cume n perpetual invention a long made up story a shaggy dog tale explanations to be had and I just wanted to get to the true stuff It's a great thesis though and the dictionary which comprises the second half of the book is amazingIncidentally the most surprising bit of the book to me and one I wanted to see explored much further many words we think of as African American slang jazz you dig daddy o are also Gaelic in origin probably because there used to be a lot of African American native speakers of Gaelic including Dizzy Gillespie's family For real There's your seuel Daniel Cassidy come on