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, yr through 12 months, the contributions we've got made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases we now have embraced because the state has advanced. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a well-known be aware for almost each year within the heritage of our country is analyzed and mentioned in its old context. the result's an enticing survey of yank linguistic tradition during the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yankee English - deliver an outstanding intensity of figuring out to the phrases that experience made the state and the language what they're this present day.
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The only problem with this story, first reported in 1790, is that scoon, meaning "to skim along the surface," is an obscure Scottish word, otherwise not attested in North America.
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. " Above these emblems shines its unadorned bald head. It is still found in the wild, too, in all parts of the country, feeding on rodents and dead fish. )" Ben Franklin, also, as well as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, made good use of lengthy. The British criticized it in the eighteenth century but picked it up themselves in the nineteenth.