America's Secret Slang

America's Secret Slang

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Guns, Booze, and Politics

Apr 14, 2013 | 22m 5s | tv-pg v | CC

Politics is full of odd phrases like “pork barrel projects,” “slush funds,” and “lame ducks” — all of which had practical origins and morphed to mean what they do today. The same can be said about the language and culture of guns and booze during the Prohibition era, which gave us phrases like “falling off the wagon,” “teetotaler,” and “skid row.” But what exactly do them mean? Find out those answers in this episode and discover what it really means to be a “bootlegger.”

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