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Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United Stat
Bryson, Bill.
Adult Nonfiction PE2809.B79 1994

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Bryson offers a playfully anecdotal account of the etymology of distinctive words and phrases that help to create a distinctly American English. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Journalist Bryson (Mother Tongue, Morrow, 1990) presents an engagingly written chronological history of the United States, focusing on popular culture and language. Along the way, he attempts to explain why American English is the way it is-why Americans paint the town red, talk turkey, keep a stiff upper lip, etc. He puts individual words and expressions in their social context as well as presenting well-researched and thoughtful discussions of our discovery and colonization of the New World, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, westward expansion, the age of invention and industrialization, modern politics and war, popular culture, and the current state of American English. This is a page-turning trip across linguistic America that takes many deliciously discursive side trips. For Bryson's wonderfully sane and reasoned discussion of the issues surrounding "politically correct" language alone, this book is a worthwhile read. Highly recommended for collections large and small.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., Me. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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