Hey daddy-o, ready to jam out on some in the pocket slang words?
If you have no clue what we just said, fear not. You’re about to learn a whole new language: the language of jazz.
Jazz music is intrinsically intertwined with US history. This genre came alive in the very early 20th century along the mouth of the Mississippi in New Orleans and really took on a life of its own. Cultivated and celebrated by primarily Black Americans, jazz was a commentary on culture in America which eventually captivated the rest of the country. It evolved from dancing music, to smooth calming tunes people would just sit and listen to. Considering the life it took on, It’s only fitting that it has its own lingo, but did you realize you probably use it regularly?
The word “jazz” itself has some surprising roots, deriving from a 1860s slang word jasm meaning "energy, vitality, spirit,” However, it first appeared in American English in 1912 as a baseball term where it meant “lively, energetic.” It quickly became the label for the genre of music that we know today by 1915. Eventually it took on other slang meanings like being a stand in for "rubbish, unnecessary talk or ornamentation" in 1918. Jazzy, another form of this majorly versatile world, also indicates a certain flare or panache.