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yegg-4-8aDetroit News, April 8, 1931. The American language was immeasurably impoverished by the disappearance of the word “yegg.” Why and how was it suddenly yanked out of circulation?

The last time I heard it used was in Rian Johnson’s excellent 2005 high-school noir Brick, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that made me very happy. It also crops up a bunch in the Coen brothers’ wonderful Miller’s Crossing.

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