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Words from the White House free pdf The Founding Fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and offering new uses for old ones was part of their role in developing a new American culture and language, distinct from the proscriptive King's English. Noah Webster and Benjamin Franklin called the creation of such Americanisms "acts of defiance," along with such radical ideas as universal literacy and public libraries. Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that we've put to general use. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue. Organized alphabetically, each entry contains the definition and most include a brief essay placing the word or phrase in its cultural context. From Washington (tin can) and Jefferson (who alone gets credit for some one hundred coinages, such as sanction and overdraught), to Lincoln (Michigander) and Teddy Roosevelt (bully pulpit), to Ike (domino theory) and Obama (Snowmageddon), they collectively provide an illuminating tour of more than two centuries of our history.

About Paul Dickson

Paul Dickson has written many word books and dictionaries, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, A Dictionary of the Space Age, and Slang. He was a contributing editor with Merriam-Webster in charge of the Lighter Side of Language series, did a bylined commentary on language for NPR's All Things Considered in the 1990s, and was an occasional contributor to the late William Safire's "On Language" column in the New York Times. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

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Author : Paul Dickson
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Data Published : 05 November 2015
ISBN : 1620405199
EAN : 9781620405192
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 208 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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