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Ball of Fire Slang


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I get the Story of Alexander Graham Bell reference and all but did anyone outside this movie really refer to the telephone as "the Ameche"? I want to believe that it's true.

 

About eight years ago I interviewed a number of people who grew up in The Great Depression and WWII for an

o r a l history project and a couple of them mentioned "the Ameche" as an example of slang that is no longer used.

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About eight years ago I interviewed a number of people who grew up in The Great Depression and WWII for an

o r a l history project and a couple of them mentioned "the Ameche" as an example of slang that is no longer used.

But which came first- the slang in the movie, or it's popular use after the movie came out?  

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But which came first- the slang in the movie, or it's popular use after the movie came out?  

 

 

Calling a phone "The Ameche" became popular after the release of The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1938),

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Calling a phone "The Ameche" became popular after the release of The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1938),

 

Hmmmmm....then I wonder why askin' somebody to, "Please turn off all the Tracys before you leave the house", never caught on???

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OR maybe, "Would you PLEASE turn down that damn Tracy?! I can't hear myself THINK!!!"

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Calling a phone "The Ameche" became popular after the release of The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1938),

 

i often suspect that many slang terms were invented by movie screenwriters, but they were slang terms that never existed in real life or among the general population. I started believing this after watching movies like BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, THE WILD ONES, and HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL when I was a teen. Some of the terms attributed to 1940s and 50s teenagers seemed to me to be terms invented in those eras by 50-60 year old guys who lived in Hollywood and wrote scripts for the movies. :)

 

Just as I suspected that about 90% of the "teens" in those teen movies were all over the age of 30. :)

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