Nov 252019

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide by Josh Katz

Part One
How We Live
What We Call The Shoes We Wear To The Gym

It used to be that if you wanted something to wear on your feet, your only options was expensive handcrafted leather. But in the late nineteenth century, the assembly-line efficiency of the Industrial Revolution and the advent of new materials like vulcanized rubber gave rise to new, cheap, mass-produced footwear. Typically, it had canvas uppers and soft rubber soles.

What to call these newfangled footwear? People quickly began using them to play tennis, so why not call them tennis shoes? Makes sense. That was good enough for most of the country, but in Boston, for reasons lost to history, people thought: Hey, I can really sneak around in these things; lets call them sneakers.

  11 Responses to “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros:
Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk:
A Visual Guide by Josh Katz”

  1. Interesting and funny! Who would have known!

  2. What a fascinating book! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I agree it reads like a fun book! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Ohhh I love these kinds of books. Enjoy!!

  5. This sounds really good VIckie. I hadn’t heard of it.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. I would like this book! Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Sounds interesting!

  8. Oh, this sounds fun! We’ve lived in enough places that we’ve had to get used to many different dialects and being a word nerd, I love that! After 5 1/2 years in Ireland, we are still learning about Irish-English. I grew up using tennis shoes and sneakers, then usually used sneakers. Now they’re trainers 🙂

  9. Sounds like a fun and informative book!

  10. I love reading cool, little known facts about stuff.

  11. I like books like this!

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