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Mark Twain's Slang


When I was growing up, my mother would not allow slang in our house. My sister and I were careful to obey this. I am thankful. I think slang makes people sound dumber than they usually are. Sorry. I just do.

As an adult, I have never been tempted to use any of the catchy and popular sayings. I also instruct my children to avoid them.

So, I was reading The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain to my girls this week. Imagine my surprise when I came upon this sentence:

Tricked out??? No way! This book was published in 1881!

I guess 'tricked out' has been recycled. I wonder what else has?

Mark Twain was all that and a bag of chips. Umm...sorry; couldn't resist.

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