Lingua Franca

February 9, 2003

”My solid pigeon, that drape is a killer-diller, an E-flat Dillinger, a bit of a fly thing all on one page.”  Any idea what that means?  It’s hipster slang for “My, that’s a nice dress you’re wearing.”  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge the roots of hipster slang – old movies, pulp novels and blues songs.  Also, singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding - he says the lyrics always come first.

  1. Anu Garg on A Word a Day

    For eight years Anu Garg has been sending e-mail to a half million people in two hundred countries around the world, but it's not spam. It's "A Word a Day," a message with a definition, the word's etymology and an example of how to use it.

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  2. Ilan Stavans on A Memoir of Language

    Ilan Stavans explains how speaking four languages give him a sense of self.

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  3. Max Decharne on Hipster Slang

    Max Decharne can tell you lots of things no one will understand any more.  He's a "solid pigeon" and "a bit of a fly thing," as he tells Steve Paulson.

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  4. John Wesley Harding on the Importance of Lyrics

    John Wesley Harding was plain Wesley Harding Stace when he first heard Bob Dylan's album, and working toward his Phd at Cambridge.

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