How does slang spread? And can the average person set out to make a term go viral? Oh, and we have a word in mind …
Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, the Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining what makes American culture interesting. On this episode, we talk to a quartet of word experts and dig through the history of how exactly language moves from the street to Twitter and a lot of unexpected places in between (including the dictionary).
And if you could all start punctuating your happy tweets with #ruckus, that’d be really great. (Listen and we’ll explain.)
- So how do you get a word in the dictionary? An editor from Merriam-Webster explains.
- Five times American court cases hinged on slang. (A teaser that promises — and delivers — dumb criminal stories.)
- What slang terms are college students using today? (Our favorite? Hangry. We’re probably hangry somewhere right now.)