American Language Supplement 1

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 8, 2012 - Education - 739 pages
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Perhaps the first truly important book about the divergence of American English from its British roots, this survey of the language as it was spoken-and as it was changing-at the beginning of the 20th century comes via one of its most inveterate watchers, journalist, critic, and editor HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN (1880-1956).In this replica of the 1921 "revised and enlarged" second edition, Mencken turns his keen ear on:

• the general character of American English
• loan-words and non-English influences
• expletives and forbidden words
• American slang
• the future of the language
• and much, much more.

Anyone fascinated by words will find this a thoroughly enthralling look at the most changeable language on the face of the planet.
 

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Contents

The Earliest Alamis
1
American Barbarisms
44
The Position of the Learned
100
The Political Front
136
THE MATERIALS OF INQUIRY
151
The Hallmarks of American
208
What is an Americanism?
221
THE PERIOD OF GROWTH
227
Other Parts of Speech
406
AMERICAN AND ENGLISH
440
z Surviving Differences
453
English Difficulties with American
506
Euphemisms
565
Forbidden Words
654
Expletives
661
LIST OF WORDS AND PHRASES
687

The Expanding Vocabulary
234
THE LANGUAGE TODAY
321
Verbs
382

Common terms and phrases

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