Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.

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The moment of creation for a word often remains elusive. Typically (at least before the Internet age), a word gains popu¬≠larity in local speech and then gets written down somewhere. When lexicographers start tracing lineage, the closest they can come to pinpointing a word’s birth is frequently its first appearance in print.

Still, Chicago—City on the Make—has demonstrably had a hand in the genesis of many well-known words and phrases. Here are Chicago’s top 40 contrib …

June 15, 2010

Chicago magazine ran a series of top-40 lists to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I contributed the top 40 English words with a Chicago pedigree.