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By David K. Barnhart

The United States in such a lot of phrases provides a distinct and interesting ancient view of this country's language. It chronicles, yr via yr, the contributions now we have made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases now we have embraced because the kingdom has advanced. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a in demand be aware for almost each year within the historical past of our country is analyzed and mentioned in its historic context. the result's an attractive survey of yank linguistic tradition in the course of the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yank English - convey a superb intensity of knowing to the phrases that experience made the country and the language what they're this present day.

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The wicked Chippewas cheated my squaw," says an Indian character in Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (1826).  Squaw itself has such negative associations nowadays that there have been efforts to remove it from place names like Squaw Mountain and Squaw Lake.  Boss was plain and emphatic, too, making it a useful informal substitute for words like employer, supervisor, and foreman.  Indeed, political and criminal bosses often cooperated, and it could be hard to tell which was which.  It's a boss word.

Adapted to the colonists' tastes, hominy remained a staple in the South for centuries to come, where it is now better known as hominy grits or just plain grits.  It was the first American flag, flown by John Paul Jones on the ship Alfred on December 3, 1775. " In 1836, an act of Congress established the Patent Office, headed by a Commissioner of Patents, to issue this kind of patent to inventors.  In England clapboard was used for barrels; the English who became Americans learned to apply it to houses.

The barber supposedly put a pumpkin shell over the head of a New England colonist and cut along the shell's edges to trim the hair into the proper Puritan shape.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  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.

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