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By H.L. Mencken

ISBN-10: 0394400755

ISBN-13: 9780394400754

The American Language, first released in 1919, is H. L. Mencken's booklet in regards to the English language as spoken within the United States.

Mencken was once encouraged via "the argot of the coloured waiters" in Washington, in addition to certainly one of his favourite authors, Mark Twain, and his studies at the streets of Baltimore. In 1902, Mencken remarked at the "queer phrases which cross into the making of 'United States.'" The e-book used to be preceded by means of numerous columns in The night Sun. Mencken finally requested "Why does not a few painstaking pundit try a grammar of the yank language... English, that's, as spoken via the good plenty of the apparent humans of this reasonable land?" it is going to seem that he replied his personal question.

In the culture of Noah Webster, who wrote the 1st American dictionary, Mencken desired to safeguard "Americanisms" opposed to a gradual move of English critics, who frequently remoted Americanisms as borderline barbarous perversions of the mum tongue. Mencken assaulted the prescriptive grammar of those critics and American "schoolmarms", arguing, like Samuel Johnson within the preface to his dictionary, that language evolves independently of textbooks.

The ebook discusses the beginnings of "American" adaptations from "English", the unfold of those adaptations, American names and slang over the process its 374 pages. in keeping with Mencken, American English used to be extra colourful, bright, and artistic than its British counterpart.

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