Chicago Magazine has compiled a list of forty words that the city of Chicago has, supposedly, contributed to the lexicon and that capture the spirit of the city in some way. Some of the the connections to Chicago are tenuous, such as a first citation in the OED from a Chicago newspaper, but it’s an interesting list of words. Plus, for a journalistic endeavor it appears to be surprisingly accurate. Usually reporters get articles on language (and just about everything, frankly) so wrong, but here writer Graham Meyer seems to get it mostly right.
(Tip o’ the hat to Wilson Gray on ADS-L)
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