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By Bill Sherk

500 Years of recent Words takes you on an exhilarating trip throughout the English language from the times prior to Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. the entire major entries are prepared now not alphabetically by way of in chronological order in line with the earliest recognized 12 months that every be aware was once published or written down.

Beginning with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one that would really like to visit Mars yet is fearful of being marooned there), this ebook could be opened at any web page and the reader will find a amazing array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this publication is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive this present day, he could purchase this publication.

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In fact, Vespucci did sail, not once but four times, and had nothing but respect and admiration for Columbus. The legacy of the pickle dealer from Seville still lives, and not only on maps. ” How fortunate that Waldseemuller chose Vespucci’s first name. Otherwise, Americans would be Vespuccians (ves-POOCH-e-ans), living in the United States of Vespuccia. 1508 PET This three-letter word gives you three parts of speech rolled into one. As a noun, pet was used as early as 1508 as a term of endearment for an indulged (and usually spoiled) child.

The wheel began to improve when the art of warfare in the Middle East and China made the construction of chariots necessary. At first, chariot wheels were made of solid wood, bound together by an iron hoop to prevent the wood from splitting when the vehicle bounced over bumpy roads. As technology improved, the solid wheel gave way to the lighter spoke wheel, which increased the chariot’s top speed and made it easier to pursue or escape from the enemy. ” The spokeshave is far from being obsolete.

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. He called it “rubber” and the name stuck. Rubber was also used at that time as a waterproofing material, but with two serious drawbacks. The rubber was stiff and brittle when cold, soft and sticky when warm. An American inventor named Charles Goodyear tackled the problem and came up with the answer in 1839 when he accidentally spilled a mixture of rubber and sulphur on a hot stove.

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