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Woody Guthrie’s Folk Etymology. It’s a Hootenanny!

Woody Guthrie’s Folk Etymology. It’s a Hootenanny!

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Nov. 16 2015 12:05 PM

Woody Guthrie’s Folk Etymology. It’s a Hootenanny!

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a word that was popularized during the 1940s folk movement with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word hootenanny with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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