Made in America by Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson's 'Informal History of the English Language in the United States' is, in a word, fascinating. After reading this tour de force, it's clear that a nation's language speaks volumes about its true character: you are what you speak. Bryson traces America's history through the language of the time, then goes on to discuss words culled from everyday activities: immigration, eating, shopping, advertising, going to the movies, and others.

Made in America will supply you with interesting facts and cocktail chatter for a year or more. Did you know, for example, that Teddy Roosevelt's 'speak softly and carry a big stick' credo has its roots in a West African proverb? Or that actor Walter Matthau's given name is Walter Mattaschanskayasky? Or that the supposedly frigid Puritans--who called themselves 'Saints,' by the way--had something called a pre-contract, which was a license for premarital sex? Made in America is an excellent discussion of American English, but what makes the book such a treasure is that it offers much, much more. This 1998 Black Swan Paperback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9780552998055 SKU: 275540 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.