The Slang of the 1920s
Jul06

The Slang of the 1920s

Good day, Sir. Good day, Madam. It is Professor Triviat, here to enlighten and inform you. I had such a ball last week discussing all of the various words that 1920s Americans came up with to describe the state of being drunk that I thought that this week we could look at even more slang words that the flappers would bandy about. A neighborhood gossip was referred to as a… One of the most shocking things that newly liberated...

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Speak Easy
Jun26

Speak Easy

Good day, Sir. Good day, Madam. It is Professor Triviat, here to enlighten and inform you. Today, we’re going to step into our Wayback Machine and temporarily travel to an entirely different era and time than we’ve been covering up to this point. Woooooooooo… Why, look at that! We seem to have touched down in 1920s America! And you know what 1920s America means, right? Prohibition. The production and distribution of...

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Really?!
Jun19

Really?!

Good day, Sir. Good day, Madam. It is Professor Triviat, here to enlighten and inform you. Today, I thought it would be a bit of fun to introduce you to some Victorian words that you might not have even been inclined to believe were real, other than the fact that you are hearing it from a reputable source such as I. In the 1800s, the word uglyography appeared. It referred to poor handwriting or atrocious spelling. Uglyography. Yes,...

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…That Orson Welles and H. G. Wells Were Interviewed Together on the Radio?
Jun17

…That Orson Welles and H. G. Wells Were Interviewed Together on the Radio?

Good day, Sir. Good day, Madam. Many people today know of that fabled story when, on October 30, 1938, a radio drama adaptation of Victorian science-fiction author, H. G. Well’s The War of the Worlds was broadcast in the United States, narrated by the actor (and future director of Citizen Kane), Orson Welles, and many listeners began to panic, thinking that this story of alien invasion was–rather than a fictional radio...

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The Beast with Two Backs
Jun12

The Beast with Two Backs

Good day, Sir. Good day, Madam. It is Professor Triviat, here to enlighten and inform you. I’ll feeling particularly…devilish today. I’m not quite sure what has got into me. Perhaps it’s the time of year. Regardless, I have the uncontrollable urge to be…well, just a bit naughty. Before I change my mind, then, I’m going to leap into some sexual Victorian slang. I know I’ll hate myself in the...

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