Would a German who speaks English in the early 1940's know the word TV? Seriously, I hate using slang if I'm not completely sure that it's proper for the era. For some reason I'm under the impression that it started in the 50's, but I'm not sure, and no matter how I try, Google is failing me. Badly.
Can I get a little help, please? :)
I tried things like "etymology of the word TV," "slang TV word," "history of the word TV," and pretty much any variation which I could think of apart from that.
My rather technology-obsessed fourteen-year-old boy character gets his first cell phone. He's incredibly excited, of course... and spends a few days telling everyone about all the cool things he can do on it.
Besides the standard coolness of being able to take pictures and text friends and such, so far I have...
- updating his myspace/facebook
- playing hangman (yes, this does exist, I do it when I'm bored)
Any ideas? I've been searching for variations on texting, texts, text messaging + games, tricks, services. All I seem to be getting are various sites that take your number and sell you ringtones. He's not that into music so it wouldn't be the best.
I know there's a service called KGB that's now in the US that lets you get any question you want answered, but as their website tried to download something my computer identified as malware, I got off there pretty quick.
eta: It is not an iPhone, just a standard generic flip phone.
First of all, I'm glad I heard about this community because I'm always needing research help so hopefully I will find a lot of help here now and in the future:)
Now onto my inquiry...
Los Angeles, CA
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bundchen have a small child together. She has had custody for 16 months then one day out of the blue she leaves her with Leo, only to try to come back roughly (haven't decided yet) six months later
What is the courtroom procedure for obtaining full legal custody? I've tried searching Yahoo, YA, Google with search terms like: "courtroom procedures for a child custody case", "trial procedures for a child custody case" and so on and I haven't been able to find anything on what actually takes place during a hearing. Please help
So I'm writing a story set in Boston in 1972, and I have a couple of questions! Very pleased to have found you folks.
1. I can Google up information on the current procedure for 911 calls pretty easily, but has it changed much over the last forty years? Would a guy coming home to find his house broken into, circa 1972, have called 911 and gone through pretty much the same question-and-answer spiel as a guy coming home to a burglary would in 2009? And if not, where on Earth would I go to find out what the procedure was?
2. Also, while I'm here-- Googling "Boston spring" gets me tourism sites, and "Boston spring 1972" mostly articles from academic journals, and the Red Sox 1972 season, which I already know about. What are some things that Boston natives especially associate with spring?
Thanks so much.