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America in So Many Words: Words That Have Shaped America by David K. Barnhart

By David K. Barnhart

The United States in such a lot of phrases offers a different and engaging historic view of this country's language. It chronicles, yr by means of 12 months, the contributions we've got made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases we now have embraced because the kingdom has advanced. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a popular notice for almost each year within the heritage of our state is analyzed and mentioned in its old context. the result's an enticing survey of yank linguistic tradition in the course of the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yankee English - convey an excellent intensity of figuring out to the phrases that experience made the state and the language what they're this day.

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11:13­16).  In another century or two, schoolchildren were learning about the landing of the original Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Some images in the original hard copy book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook.  Eventually there were bluffs throughout English­speaking North America, sometimes even when there was no river.  For that matter, the word poker first entered the English language in the United States, borrowed from the French as long ago as 1834.

Thus, leading Southern political figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had plantations, while northerners Ben Franklin and John Adams did not. " We will leave Eliot's question to the theologians and botanists and instead pursue the solution to a linguistic mystery: Why did the English­speaking residents of New England adopt this name cranberry?  Some say the stem on which the berry grows has the shape of a crane; others say the European bogs harbored cranes whose diet included these crane­berries.

Ben Franklin, also, as well as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, made good use of lengthy. The British criticized it in the eighteenth century but picked it up themselves in the nineteenth. " Nowadays it needs no lengthy discussion to acknowledge the continuing usefulness of the word. " The lieutenant governor, William Stoughton, was a member of the Harvard Class of 1650, and on the occasion reported by Sewall he was helping the college renew its charter.  An 1882 book on women's education refers to "the Alumnae and Alumni of Oberlin," the first college that was coeducational (1881, another American word).

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