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How the Irish Invented Slang : The Secret Language of the Crossroads
by Daniel Cassidy and Peter Quinn


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In a series of lively essays, this pioneering book proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth-century Irish America. "Jazz" and "poker," "sucker" and "scam" all derive from Irish. While demonstrating this, Daniel Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America, not just linguistically, but through the Irish gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In a series of lively essays, this pioneering book proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth-century Irish America. "Jazz" and "poker," "sucker" and "scam" all derive from Irish. While demonstrating this, Daniel Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America, not just linguistically, but through the Irish gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them. Cassidy uncovers a secret national heritage, long discounted by our WASP-dominated culture.

Daniel Cassidy is the founder and co-director of the Irish Studies Program at New College in San Francisco.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781904859604
  • ISBN-10: 1904859607
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publish Date: May 2007
  • Page Count: 303
  • Dimensions: 8.96 x 6.02 x 0.85 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.21 pounds

Series: Counterpunch

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