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By David K. Barnhart

ISBN-10: 0395860202

ISBN-13: 9780395860205

The USA in such a lot of phrases offers a different and engaging old view of this country's language. It chronicles, yr by way of yr, the contributions we have now made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases we've embraced because the kingdom has developed. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a widespread be aware for almost each year within the background of our state is analyzed and mentioned in its ancient context. the result's a fascinating survey of yank linguistic tradition throughout the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yank English - deliver an outstanding intensity of realizing to the phrases that experience made the kingdom and the language what they're this present day.

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For the most part, however, northerners preferred to speak of farms.  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.

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.  Unlike the other two, there was nothing romantic about the scow, a large flatbottom riverboat, but in the days before good roads it did America's heavy hauling.

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). " In England nowadays the term is more commonly apple tart.  brought up our Bark to the great Rock of Niagara, ... " Before this the inhabitants of a colony had been called PLANTERS (1619), adventurers, the company, or more recently SETTLERS (1695).

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