The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

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A.A. Knopf, 1921 - Americanisms - 492 pages

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Page 181 - Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, " Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" And they said, " Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." He saith unto them, " But whom say ye that I am ?" And Simon Peter answered and said, " Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Page 45 - Let us then seize the present moment and establish a national language as well as a national government.
Page 388 - It is probable that when the Elizabethan dramatist took his ink-horn and sat down to his work he used many phrases that he had just heard, as he sat at dinner, from his mother or his children. In Ireland, those of us who know the people have the same privilege. When I was writing The Shadow of the Glen...
Page 314 - And though that he were worthy, he was wys, And of his port as meeke as is a mayde. He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde In al his lyf unto no maner wight.
Page 160 - Adams' father and twenty others, one or two from the north end of the town, where all the ship business is carried on, used to meet, make a caucus, and lay their plans for introducing certain persons into places of trust and power.
Page 382 - The English language is a methodical, energetic, business-like and sober language, that does not care much for finery and elegance, but does care for logical consistency and is opposed to any attempt to narrow-in life by police regulations and strict rules either of grammar or of lexicon.
Page 92 - Look at those phrases which so amuse us in their speech and books ; at their reckless exaggeration, and contempt for congruity ; and then compare the character and history of the nation — its blunted sense of moral obligation and duty to man ; its open disregard of conventional right where aggrandizement is to be obtained, and, I may now say, its reckless and fruitless maintenance of the most cruel and unprincipled war in the history of the world.
Page 345 - ... indifferent matter. All aboriginal names sound good. I was asking for something savage and luxuriant, and behold, here are the aboriginal names. I see how they are being preserved. They are honest words, — they give the true length, breadth, depth. They all fit. Mississippi ! — the word winds with chutes — it rolls a stream three thousand miles long.
Page 1 - ... numerous local causes, such as a new country, new associations of people, new combinations of ideas in arts and science, and some intercourse with tribes wholly unknown in Europe, will introduce new words into the American tongue.
Page 87 - Nor were the everlasting, untrodden mountains piled for her monument. Niagara shall not pour her endless waters for her requiem; nor shall our ten thousand rivers weep to the ocean in eternal tears. No, sir, no! Unnumbered voices shall come up from river, plain, and mountain, echoing the songs of our triumphant deliverance, wild lights from a thousand hill-tops will betoken the rising of the sun of freedom.

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