Word Ways


Jean Hall


The students in my composition classes at Ball State University help lessen the verbal generation gap between their generation and mine by updating my vocabulary. Below are some words and expressions which have been assigned new meanings and vice-versa. Match the meanings (few of which are recorded in a dictionary -- even a dictionary of slang) to the expressions and see how wide the gap is between your generation and theirs. Answers are given in the Answers and Solutions at the end of this issue.