Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hey, doll, wanna neck with a hip cat?

The reason why films like Catch Me if You Can and TV shows like Mad Men work is not because of the lingo. It's because, despite the time period, the writers have tapped into something universal within those eras.

There are websites with lingo like this one for the 1950s. You should avoid them at all costs. Challenge yourself to convey the mood and feelings of people of those times. For instance, Mad Men, in its very first episode, has a advertising businessman ask a female CEO why she isn't married. In a great way the show is using this particular moment in history to convey the aspirations and struggles of women. And it was all done without the word 'doll.'

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