500 Years of New Words. the fascinating story of how, when, by Bill Sherk

By Bill Sherk

500 Years of recent Words takes you on a thrilling trip throughout the English language from the times sooner than Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. all of the major entries are prepared no longer alphabetically through in chronological order in response to the earliest identified yr that every be aware used to be published or written down.

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

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But it was a time so bright, we’re still aware of the shine and the splendour of it — a quickening time, when the winds that bore the ships about the world seemed to blow too through the high topgallants of man’s spirit, and sent it voyaging in the lonelier ways where, without chart or compass, the poets sailed alone. ” 1515 DRAMA Plays performed in England in the Middle Ages almost invariably had religious overtones. But by 1500 the impact of the Italian Renaissance was spreading throughout Europe and reaching Britannia’s shores.

The eavesdropper’s eyes must have widened with horror when he hear these words from within: “Take, eat, this is my body …. Take, drink, this is my blood…” 1536 RUBBER Although the word rubber was used as early as 1536 for a hard brush or cloth used to rub something to make it clean, the substance we call “rubber” today did not acquire that name until the late eighteenth century. 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.

1521 PERNICIOUS In 1521 Bishop John Fisher wrote a pamphlet entitled Sermon … made agayn ye pernicyous doctryn of Martin Luther. This is the earliest example listed in the Oxford English Dictionary of the word pernicious (a synonym for “destructive” and “ruinous,” from the Latin per, meaning “thoroughly,” and nex, “death by violence”), although the word must have been in circulation before 1521 in order for Fisher to use it in his title. You will notice that the spelling of pernicious has changed since Fisher’s day, along with doctryn and agayn, the latter being the sixteenth-century version of against.

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