America's Secret Slang

America's Secret Slang

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Y'all Speak Country

Apr 21, 2013 | 22m 7s | tv-pg | CC

The American South has given us words like “y’all” and “rednecks” as well as dozens of colorful phrases like “fly off the handle,” “having an axe to grind,” and “barking up the wrong tree.” But what are the origins of these expressions and why has one group of people contributed so much to the American language? The answers reveal the hidden history behind the American south and its secret slang.

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