Education: Agazed and Eujifferous

The Japanese and the Danes had to face it: they just weren't hep. They were confused and not often amused by the out-of-this-world conversation of American G.I.s and by the latest U.S. movies and books. How could they get with it? Last week, dictionaries offering what was. hopefully called the lowdown on the American language were near-sellouts in both Denmark and Japan.

Nearly 10,000 Danes had shelled out 4.50 kroner ($1) apiece for a 78-page, 3,000-word guide to U.S.A.-Slang. The lexicographers: Danish Newsmen Victor Skaarup and Kris Winther. To keep up to the minute and sometimes an hour or so ahead, Skaarup...

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