New PDF release: 500 Years of New Words: The Fascinating Story of How, When,

By Bill Sherk

ISBN-10: 1550025252

ISBN-13: 9781550025255

500 Years of recent phrases takes you on a thrilling trip in the course of the English language from the times sooner than Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. the entire major entries are prepared now not alphabetically by means of in chronological order in accordance with the earliest recognized yr that every observe used to be revealed or written down. starting with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one who would really like to visit Mars yet is frightened of being marooned there), this publication might be opened at any web page and the reader will find a astounding array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this publication is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive at the present time, he might purchase this booklet.

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This word eventually 37 B ILL S HERK came into English to describe any fine powder or extract. It was not until well into the eighteenth century that alcohol came to be applied to the intoxicant in certain beverages, and by the nineteenth century, this meaning had almost totally replaced the original definition. Alcoholism became a recognized disease by the 1850s, and the noun alcoholic, for someone so afflicted, followed soon after. And thanks to that word, author Wayne Oates used the word workaholic in the title of his book in 1971 to describe anyone whose addiction to work resembles an alcoholic’s addiction to alcohol.

And where did Monroe get it from? ” What ancient source inspired Cleon to speak those words, no one knows. 1575 SKEPTIC Comments written in the margins of books are collectively known as marginalia. During the Middle Ages, when copies of the Bible were laboriously handwritten, the monks who produced them often worked under a vow of silence. When the urge to communicate became too great to ignore, these monks often wrote notes to each other in the margins of the Bibles they were copying. In the copies that survive today, we can read the messages they furtively scribbled to one another.

McConnell, who began selling books door-to-door in 1886 but found there were fewer doors slammed in his face if he sold perfume. On the company’s fiftieth anniversary, he changed the name to Avon because he was such an ardent admirer of William Shakespeare and his hometown of Stratford-on-Avon. 1561 GROTESQUE Although grotesque is now used as an adjective, it first entered the English language as a noun to describe a type of decorative painting or sculpture that portrayed human or animal forms fantastically interwoven with foliage and flowers.

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