The American Language defended American English, which many prescriptivists saw as a corruption of 'proper' British English. But the War Department, the Treasury and the Post office omit it. Yes, it is often vulgar and incorrect, he says, but this is the inevitable tax that Americans must pay in what he thinks of as one of the most exciting phases in a language's development. In the South every negro preacher is ex officio a D. He was interred in Baltimore's. The English language in Great Britain, chiefly under the influence of pedantry in the age of , was changing rapidly, but in America it was holding to its old forms.
Lounsbury; they were reduced to vanity by the unconquerable speech habits of the folk. For the World Almanac see the ed. Part of why I like the earlier chapters so much is that they tell a story, weaving words and word groups together with their historical context and how they both affected and were affected by the people who used them. For the New International Encyclopædia see the article on Brotherhood of Andrew and Philip. Mencken collected new slang throughout his life and put it into each subsequent edition.
In the First Congress the matter of his title was exhaustively debated; some members wanted to call him the Honorable and others proposed His Excellency and even His Highness. Henry Louis , 1880-1956: multiple formats at archive. But by the beginning of the 18th century there was already a considerable body of them, and all through that century they increased. According to Mencken, American English was more colorful, vivid, and creative than its British counterpart. There is indeed much that remains obscure in the early history of such Americanisms. A noted curmudgeon, democratic in subjects attacked, Mencken savaged politics, hypocrisy, and social convention.
Perhaps the cause of this distinction between lady and gentleman has been explained by Price Collier in England and the English. These additions included more examples and explanations of regional expressions, dialects, and other speech developments and characteristics. Certainly there is a great deal of highly dubious stuff in the work of such men as. New York: Encounter Books, p. I have the suspicion that the cause may be that physics itself, as currently practised, is largely moonshine. Mencken and American Language Writer H.
Henry Louis , 1880-1956: , also by George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright, illust. Any man who is entitled to the Esq. Thus, it used to be Professor Almroth Wright, but now it is always Sir Almroth Wright. In England, according to Collier, the male is always first. The grammar-book is Longmans Briefer Grammar; New York, 1908, p. Even physicians may not have it, but here there is a yielding of a usual meticulous exactness, and it is customary to address a physician in the second person as Doctor, though his card may show that he is only Medicin Baccalaureus, a degree quite unknown in America. On the side, he wrote short stories, a novel, and even poetry, which he later revealed.
This is simply an essential book for anyone who wants to know how and why the American version of English developed the way it did. Vide the Congressional Record, May 10, 1918, p. Many inventions of that daring era have succumbed to pedagogical criticism, e. Very few fictions remain in use in anatomy, or in plumbing and gas-fitting; they have even begun to disappear from economics. To the former class the Dutch contributed cruller, cold-slaw, cockey, scow, boss, smearcase and Santa Claus, and the French contributed gopher, prairie, chowder, carry-all and bureau a chest of drawers. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.
Author later deflected claims of anti-Semitism against Mencken: Far from being an anti-Semite, Mencken was one of the first journalists to denounce the persecution of the Jews in Germany at a time when , say, was notoriously reticent. A novelty loses nothing by the fact that it is a novelty; it rather gains something, and particularly if it meet the national fancy for the terse, the vivid, and, above all, the bold and imaginative. A very small, short, and private service was held, in accordance with Mencken's wishes. They proceeded to divide the staff, assets and resources of The Herald between them. Knopf, Ezra Pound, Robert Graves, T. Howe multiple formats at archive.
I would be lying if I didn't admit to glossing over some portions of the last several chapters. Mencken, known as the 'Sage of Baltimore', is a revered figure in American journalism. What the heck is a jap-a-lac? Fiske, John: The Genesis of Language, North American Review, Oct. Some of the notions which they now try to foist upon the world, especially in the astronomical realm and about the atom, are obviously nonsensical, and will soon go the way of all unsupported speculations. But though he is thus enormously watchful of masculine dignity, an Englishman is quite careless in the use of lady. Reviews of the book praised it lavishly, with the exception of one by Mencken's old nemesis, Stuart Sherman. When he mentions a high official, such as the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, he does not think it necessary to add the mans name; he simply says the Secretary for Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Secretary.