Word Salad or Word Solid? Malapropisms and New Coinages

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Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression


Two wordsmiths, Allan Metcalf and Robert Rubin, will discuss the steady addition of new words to the English language, and the equally steady new ways we find to misuse them. (Audience members will have the opportunity to vote in the American Dialect Society’s annual Word of the Year contest.)

Why should you attend?

“Metcalf’s history skedaddles and jitterbugs quite swiftly through the 20th-century generations, pausing briefly to explain “babysitters” and “necking and petting” and “sexy”, the great transformation of the word “gay” and the meaning of the shift from “hi” to “hey”. Generation Y, fittingly, is generation abbrev: YOLO, LOL, FOMO are all hashtagged here.”―Tim Adams, The Guardian

“I am internally grateful to Rubin for unearthing these jar-dropping tongue jumbles. My favorite of all is probably those folks [who] will cut off their nose despite their faces, but the constellation prize goes to all of us who compete in our doggy dog world. Trust me, you’ll double over into a feeble position at some of these not-so-bon-mots.Time to batter down the hatches and buy this book.”—Dinty Moore, Brevity