By H. L. Mencken
The yankee Language, first released in 1919, is H. L. Mencken's publication concerning the English language as spoken within the United States.
Mencken used to be encouraged via "the argot of the coloured waiters" in Washington, in addition to one in every of his favourite authors, Mark Twain, and his studies at the streets of Baltimore. In 1902, Mencken remarked at the "queer phrases which pass into the making of 'United States.'" The ebook used to be preceded by means of a number of columns within the night sunlight. Mencken ultimately requested "Why doesn't a few painstaking pundit test a grammar of the yank language... English, that's, as spoken through the nice lots of the obvious humans of this reasonable land?" it'll seem that he spoke back his personal question.
In the culture of Noah Webster, who wrote the 1st American dictionary, Mencken desired to protect "Americanisms" opposed to a gentle circulation of English critics, who often 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 booklet discusses the beginnings of "American" diversifications from "English", the unfold of those diversifications, American names and slang over the process its 374 pages. in keeping with Mencken, American English used to be extra colourful, brilliant, and inventive than its British counterpart.
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European Wars of Religion. . . . The Franks and the Holy Roman Empire Galleys to Galleons. . . . . . Geography, Weather, and Warfare . . The “Great” War: World War I . . . Greek and Hellenistic Warfare from Alexander to Rome . . . . . Greek Warfare to Alexander . . . . Imperial Warfare . . . . . . . Knights to Cavalry . . . . . . The Lombards . . . . . . . The Magyars . . . . . . . . The Ottoman Armies . . . . . . The Ottoman Empire . .
17 The Egyptians . . . . . . . . . 111 Ethiopia. . . . . . . . . . . 304 Geography, Weather, and Warfare . . . . 837 Greek and Hellenistic Warfare from Alexander to Rome . . . . . . . 140 Greek Warfare to Alexander . . . . . 129 The Hebrews . . . . . . . . . 105 The Hittites . . . . . . . . . . 89 India and South Asia: Ancient . . . . . 209 Knives, Swords, and Daggers . . . . . 21 The Maya and Aztecs . . . . . . . 351 Nomadic Warriors of the Steppe .
821 . . 692 Guerrilla and Insurgent Forces Counterinsurgency . . . . . . . . 901 Paramilitary Organizations . . . . . . 911 Revolt, Rebellion, and Insurgency . . . . 929 xxxii Categorized Index of Essays China: Medieval . . . . . . . . 311 Clubs, Maces, and Slings . . . . . . . 3 Crossbows . . . . . . . . . . 17 Crusading Armies of the West . . . . . 272 Ethiopia. . . . . . . . . . . 304 Firearms and Cannon . . . . . . . 35 The Franks and the Holy Roman Empire .
The American Language by H. L. Mencken