America's Secret Slang

2013, TV Show

Examining the origins of American slang words and phrases.

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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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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/31/2014

Season 2, Episode 1
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary and individuality.

Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/31/2014

Season 2, Episode 1
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary and individuality.

Paid | VUDU Posted: 6/2/2014

From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary and individuality. Modeling the style of How the States Got Their Shapes, America's Secret Slang reveals our nation's vibrant expressions and how we are defined by U.S. history. The unique phrases we have come to embrace are secret messages, a powerful hidden record of the American story spoken for everyone to hear. H2 releases this six-part series as a voyage through our nation's past venturing into the phrasebook of our identity today.

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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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