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Ahead of its 235th birthday, take a look back at the words Los Angeles brought to the world

Ahead of its 235th birthday, take a look back at the words Los Angeles brought to the world

Happy 235th birthday, Los Angeles [Sept. 4 — definitely a Virgo]!  Instead of getting gifts, we’re giving them. L.A. has bestowed all kinds of new words on the world — not just movie-business terms like “hot set” and the red-carpet posing practice known as “step and repeat,” but “surface street” and “Orange Curtain.” The Los Angeles Library Foundation’s project “Hollywood Is a Verb” looked at the venerable Oxford English Dictionary through polycarbonate wraparound shades and asked Angelenos to suggest distinctly SoCal words — even beyond the 400 or so traced to...

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