America's Secret Slang

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  • TV-PG
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (75)

Host Zach Selwyn walks the streets of America talking to everyday people about what they may know about the origins and meaning of slang in America. He then reveals the true meaning and history of common phrases and words that are unique only to the United States. In every 30 minute show, Selwyn zeros in on specific periods in American history, revealing words of that that era and location that had significance for that particular region. Selwyn discusses terminology of the military from its origins to the present time. This is where terms such as zero-in, flack, crosshairs, targeted and a host of other terms that are used as American slang. Then, there is regional slang such as Southern terminology such as y'all, road kill, down at the holler.

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Seasons
Hail to the Chief
8. Hail to the Chief
August 2, 2014
Examining the words and phrases inspired by U.S. presidents.
Go for Broke
7. Go for Broke
July 26, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by the Vikings to the threat of nuclear war.
Bite the Bullet
6. Bite the Bullet
July 19, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by the military, police, aviation and baseball.
Cut to the Chase
5. Cut to the Chase
June 28, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by the performing arts.
Off the Cuff
4. Off the Cuff
June 21, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by clothes, crimes and punishments.
Lower the Boom
3. Lower the Boom
June 14, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by the high seas, the ancient world, the movers and shakers of big business, and the news industry.
Riding Shotgun
2. Riding Shotgun
June 7, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by forms of transportation and different intoxicating substances.
Straight from the Horse's Mouth
1. Straight from the Horse's Mouth
May 31, 2014
Examining the ways American English has been influenced by animals, food, sports--and death. Ever wonder why we say "that's a horse of a different color" or "chew the fat?"
Description

Host Zach Selwyn walks the streets of America talking to everyday people about what they may know about the origins and meaning of slang in America. He then reveals the true meaning and history of common phrases and words that are unique only to the United States. In every 30 minute show, Selwyn zeros in on specific periods in American history, revealing words of that that era and location that had significance for that particular region.

Selwyn discusses terminology of the military from its origins to the present time. This is where terms such as zero-in, flack, crosshairs, targeted and a host of other terms that are used as American slang. Then, there is regional slang such as Southern terminology such as y'all, road kill, down at the holler.

America's Secret Slang is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on April 14, 2013.

Where to Watch America's Secret Slang

America's Secret Slang is available for streaming on the H2 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch America's Secret Slang on demand at Philo, Amazon, History, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    April 14, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (75)