Of 'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers...'

I've just started reading Leslie Savan's new book, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever, and I have to say, I'm thoroughly entertained so far.

Little known fact from my past and disclaimer: My bachelor's degree is in linguistics, with a concentration in sociolinguistics (specifically feminist issues), so I'm easily fascinated by pop language books, especially ones that deal with cultural idioms and even moreso, slang. Slang is especially interesting to look at because it's what we say when we're unguarded, when we've let our linguistic hair down, so to speak.

Savan doesn't claim to be a language expert -- when I met her last week at a small gathering for the book's release, I told her of my background and interest in the book. She laughed, "Well, that's a lot more than I have!" Her background is in advertising (I have some of that too, and colloquial language is key there), so the book is coming at the topic of what language demonstrates about our culture from a very pop-centric point of view. We'll see how it holds up as I get through it, but it's fun, so far.

I'll be posting a review of the book sometime in the next week or so... get it when it's hot.


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