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The word punk has a long and fascinating history. This post follows the word’s history backwards from contemporary genre names like cyberpunk and steampunk, back through punk’s modern identity as a musical-style-slash-oppositional-political-orientation, back through military slang for someone doing ‘company monkey’ work, back through underworld slang for a ‘bad woman’, back to Renaissance slang for […]more
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. In previous posts, we’ve revealed the surprisingly long histories of LOL, hip-hop, fanboy, unlike, flash mob, and more. With the recent discovery that twerk dates back as far as 1820, we’ve taken another look at words which are older than you think – even if the […]more
Dame Vivienne Westwood. It’s a name to conjure with. If you know nothing about her, you might be forgiven for thinking that she’s a character in a period drama, or a Jane Austen heroine. Indeed, like so many of Austen’s women, Dame Vivienne is a breaker of social conventions. But while Elizabeth Bennet’s idea of […]more