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Miscellaneous Sun Aug 25 2013

Chicago Invented these Words, Dagnabbit!

jazz.jpgYuck it up all you want... Chicago is responsible for lots of etymological inventions, and it doesn't take an egghead to appreciate them. Chicago Magazine recently published a list of the top 40 words created in Chicago, listed in approximate order of importance and "overall Chicagoness." Most words have been traced back to their first appearance in print, and interestingly enough, three of the words on the list owe their existence to the venerable Saul Bellow.

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