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By Bill Sherk

500 Years of recent phrases takes you on an exhilarating trip in the course of the English language from the times prior to Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. all of the major entries are prepared no longer alphabetically via in chronological order in response to the earliest identified yr that every notice used to be published or written down. starting with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one who would like to visit Mars yet is petrified of being marooned there), this ebook will be opened at any web page and the reader will find a excellent array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this ebook is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive this day, he might purchase this e-book.

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Soon after his death, his good friend Mike Chernoski published in Old Autos a poem Don had written some time ago: WORDS FROM THE SOUL A voice in the wind whispered to me If you’re free, hard work can be fun. 49 B ILL S HERK So I made up my mind in that moment That I was going to run. So I ran until I found freedom In a land where all men are free. Oh, yes, I’m still hardworking. The fun is that I’m free. 1565 TOBACCO Tobacco was first brought to England from the Spanish West Indies in 1565. ” Not everyone in England, however, took up the habit.

The story of rubber goes back to the day Columbus stepped ashore in South America and found the natives bouncing balls made of an elastic substance totally unknown in Europe at that time. The natives made the balls by cutting the bark of a certain tree and scooping up the milky liquid 33 B ILL S HERK that oozed out. The natives called the bouncing stuff cahuchu, or “weeping wood,” a name that the French modified to caoutchouc and the Spanish to caucho. We would probably have a similar term in widespread use in English today had not the English chemist Joseph Priestley noticed, around 1770, that this elastic substance was useful for rubbing out pencil marks.

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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