***** 5 stars
Nancy H. Dickson (Garrett Park, Maryland)
This book–I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech–is an absolute hoot for anyone with a fascination for the American Language and/or Popular Culture. For many of us it evokes a rich pre-Internet, pre-Facebook past and for younger readers a view into the lives of their parents and grand-parents. My husband, Paul Dickson, who writes about language, gave this book to me and I couldn’t let go of it.