Vintage selfies, immoral tea, and Victorian manspreading March 20, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: everything old is new again, language, words
Today in Older Than They Think: The first portrait photograph ever made, in 1839…and guess what, it was a selfie.
Tea causes lack of sleep, weakens the nerves, corrupts boys, and is a gateway to prostitution for girls: a Kids These Days screed from 1833.
Things that were sure to corrupt women over the years: bicycles, novels, the post office, and the telephone.
A writer hating on Kids These Days for no longer being able to speak proper English…in 1440, where those darn kids were ruining their Anglo-Saxon by using newfangled words from Norman French.
Cartoon from Victorian London about…what today we call “manspreading.” (They called it “sitting wide” or “the roomy dodge.”)
Three generations of slang, as of 1925. Fun to see which ones are normal in the present day (“wallflower”, “cheapskate”), which sound adorably outdated (“red-hot mama”, “bully!”), and which have morphed to mean completely different things (“guy”, “spoofing”).