Origins of the word Ragtime

Ragtime3Ragtime music began in the 1890s. It was still around in the Roaring Twenties, although its popularity was on the wane.  So I make minimal mention of it in my mysteries, using it as seasoning rather than as a main ingredient. Today, thanks to NPR’s classical music program, I learned where the term comes from. ragscott-joplin-ragtime

This style of music emphasizes the off beats, giving the music a ragged beat or ragged time. Hence, ragtime. Logical, sure, but I never put it together. 

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