America's Secret Slang

  • 2013
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

Examining the origins of American slang words and phrases.

The Origins of Country Slang
01:55 — Why do people say "y'all" and describe things as "backwoods?" Why are some people "hillbillies" and others "rednecks?" Discover the origins of these a (more…)
"Axe to Grind"/"Bury the Hatchet"
00:58 — What do the phrases "axe to grind" and "bury the hatchet" mean, and where do they come from?
The Origins of "Hillbilly" and "Redneck"
01:16 — Discover the surprising origins of the terms "redneck" and "hillbilly."
The Origins of "Y'All"
00:54 — Learn about the origins and purpose of the word "y'all."
America's Secret Slang Season 1
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary an (more…)
America's Secret Slang Season 2
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary an (more…)
America's Secret Slang Season 2
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary an (more…)
America's Secret Slang Season 1
From the Revolution to Prohibition, from 'schmaltz' to stool pigeon', a diverse world of words unites and exemplifies America's everyday vocabulary an (more…)
Cabs and Caboose
Zach talks travel with Egon Kafka to uncover the history of the words "cab" and "caboose."
Wild Oats
What does it mean to "sow your wild oats"? Zach joins relationship expert Lauren Frances to find out.
Spinster
Etiquette expert Daniel Senning explains the history of the term "spinster."
Hanging Out
Zach and business expert James Owens explore why people use the term “hang out.”
Blue Laws
Zach digs up the strange history of Blue Laws.
Hobbies
Historian Roger McGrath helps Zach uncover the origins of the word “hobby.”
Making the Grade
Zach heads to the Lomita Train Museum to figure out why we say that something “makes the grade.”
Chaperone
Zach reveals the history of the word “chaperone.”
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Cast & Details

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