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 provides a distinct and interesting historic view of this country's language. It chronicles, 12 months by means of 12 months, the contributions we have now made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases we now have embraced because the country has advanced. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a renowned note for almost each year within the heritage of our state is analyzed and mentioned in its old context. the result's an interesting survey of yank linguistic tradition in the course of the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yankee English - deliver a superb intensity of knowing to the phrases that experience made the kingdom and the language what they're this present day.

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So in the colonies, transactions dealing with land became much more of a business than they had been in the MOTHER COUNTRY (1617), where land titles were already established. " Land offices in the old sense are gone, but land­office business continues doing a land­office business in our language today. " Some images in the original hard copy book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook. " In 1782, after six years of debate in Congress and the efforts of three different committees, the bald eagle was chosen to adorn the Great Seal of the United States.

The name Jonakin later became JOHNNYCAKE (1739). In much of the country, mush is still made of cornmeal today, but in the states along the Pacific coast, mush can be any hot cereal.  They also had a method of confirming and commemorating kills in battle that particularly impressed the Europeans. " Fortunately, that kind of scalping exists only in history, but present­day scalpers (1869) still actively scalp tickets to shows and sporting events, making a killing by buying the tickets at list or cut­rate prices and then turning around and selling them to the highest bidder.

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.  This combination of dried meat, melted animal fat, and cranberries was a nutritious food with a long shelf life.  Later our menu expanded to include pumpkin pudding (1805), pumpkin bread (1819), pumpkin soup (1884), and pumpkin butter (1893).  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.

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