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By David K. Barnhart

The US in such a lot of phrases offers a special and interesting old view of this country's language. It chronicles, yr by means of 12 months, the contributions now we have made to the vocabulary of English and the phrases we've embraced because the kingdom has developed. From canoe (1555), and corn (1608), to beginner (1993), and Ebonics (1997), a sought after note for almost each year within the heritage of our country is analyzed and mentioned in its old context. the result's an attractive survey of yankee linguistic tradition throughout the centuries. The authors - either lifelong scholars of yankee English - deliver an exceptional intensity of realizing to the phrases that experience made the country and the language what they're this day.

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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.

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.

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.  But the English speak of them as public because they serve the public welfare, educating the elite of the nation, and because they had their beginnings as endowed public charities, educating children who were too poor to have private tutors.

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