America's Secret Slang

2013, TV Show

Examining the origins of American slang words and phrases.

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Free | History Aired: 8/2/2014

Season 2, Episode 8
Look at the ways that American English has been transformed by American presidents, by the language of sex and romance and by good and bad manners. Explore how easy it is to insult people of different groups without even realizing it.

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Free | History Aired: 7/26/2014

Season 2, Episode 7
Check out 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 colors of the rainbow.

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Free | History Aired: 7/19/2014

Season 2, Episode 6
Ever wonder why a "last ditch effort" rarely involves digging an actual ditch, or why a temporary worker is hired as a "freelancer"? Find out how words used to describe the military, police, aviation and baseball have infiltrated our everyday language

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Free | History Aired: 6/28/2014

Season 2, Episode 5
From circuses and vaudeville to plays and movies, find out how the world of entertainment influenced the common words and phrases we say every day.

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Premiered: April 14, 2013, on H2
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Examining the origins of American slang words and phrases.

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