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Mad Men and language

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 26, 2010 at 04:49

In Reply to: Mad Men and language posted by ESC on July 25, 2010 at 15:02:

: Mad Man -- excellent show. I would classify it as a primetime soap opera so you have to watch it from the beginning.

: '"As the fourth season of the AMC series 'Mad Men" kicks off, some of the show's fans are gearing up to play another round of a peculiar language game: trying to spot flaws in the meticulously constructed dialogue portraying 1960s Madison Avenue."

: On Language -- 'Mad Men'-ese. New York Times Magazine. Published online July 19, 2010.

: The article mentions:

: New Republic's "Mad Men In a Good Place: How Did People Sound in 1963?" by John McWhorter, September 1, 2009.

: Television Without Pity -- Un-achronisms: They didn't talk like that back then!/Yes they did!

: A Mad Men blog, Basket of Kisses.

That is really amazing. Now I've gotta go watch the show, or at least a few episodes of it. One problem is that I, like so many of you, lived through the '60s, but probably couldn't say for sure what's authentic and what's not. And proving it one way or the other, while it can be an interesting game to some, to others can be just a pain in the neck.