THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE SUPPLEMENT 1  by H.L. Mencken

THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE SUPPLEMENT 1

He American Language: An Inquiry Into The Development Of English In The United States
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is apparently a complete revision, corrected, expanded, brought up to date (even to including the material used in the American Army pamphlet relating to word variations between England and this country). I have seen only about 600 pages, of an incomplete galley proof; these 600 pages cover the corresponding 300 in the original book. there is additional illustrative and historical amplification, expanded discussion of sources and comparative opinions, controversial slants on sources, etc. There is more space devoted to such ways of expanding the language as the jargon of Variety and Time, Winchellisms, trade names, and recent adaptations of foreign words, localisms, verbs from nouns, and Hollywood specialties. There is a fascination for me in any book on word origins, and I felt, in examing this page by page comparison with the original volume, that this too I must own. It is not a book for quick reference, but for thoughtful consultation and pickup reading.
Pub Date: June 27th, 1945
ISBN: 0394400763
Page count: 739pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1945




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