Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

‘Skedaddle,’ ‘Selfie,’ and Many More Words of the Generations

“Some words are limited to the generations that used them — like flapper and 23 skiddoo for the so-called lost generation (born 1883-1900), for example, or love-in and groovy for the boomers (born 1943-1960).  (The boom in population was 1946-1964, but  Strauss and Howe look at changing attitudes rather than population growth. Either way, the distinctive words are the same.)

Other words were introduced or emphasized by particular generations but have become the property of us all:  jazz from the lost generation, for example, and hippie, lifestyle, self-esteem, and blended family from the boomers.”

Read more @

Languages do matter!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: