World War I began 100 years ago, and our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, looks at the words that came out of that war—like blimp, doughboy, cooties. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of O’Conner’s book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.
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O'Conner and Leonard discussed a number of words and phrases that originated—or became popular—during WWI, including:
taxiing (as in a plane on a runway)
cushy (to mean comfortable or easy)
pushing up daisies
in a funk