By Bill Sherk
500 Years of latest phrases takes you on an exhilarating trip during the English language from the times earlier than Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. all of the major entries are prepared now not alphabetically by means of in chronological order in response to the earliest recognized yr that every observe was once published or written down. starting with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one that would really like to visit Mars yet is fearful of being marooned there), this e-book could be opened at any web page and the reader will find a superb array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this ebook is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive this present day, he may purchase this publication.
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Since the day Butts had his brainstorm, more than fifty million Scrabble sets have been sold, and the game continues to sell at the rate of one million copies a year. If you play the game to win, you should memorize the eighty-three two-letter words that qualify for use in the game. See how 34 500 Y EARS OF N EW W ORDS many you recognize: aa, ad, ae, ah, ai, am, an, ar, as, at, aw, ax, ay, ba, be, bi, bo, by, da, de, do, ef, eh, el, em, en, er, et, ex, fa, go, ha, he, hi, ho, id, if, in, is, it, jo, ka, la, li, lo, ma, me, mu, my, na, no, nu, od, oe, of, oh, om, on, op, or, os, ow, ox, oy, pa, pe, pi, re, si, so, ta, ti, to, un, up, us, ut, we, wo, xi, xu, ya and ye.
The oldest encyclopedia to survive in its entirety is the Historia Naturalis of Pliny the Elder, who died in Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79. When the word encyclopedia (from the Greek enkuklios paideia, “all-round education”) first entered the English language in 1531, it simply meant a course of instruction (“the circle of learning”). By 1644 it was being used in reference to the encyclopedias of the ancient world. Modern encyclopedias did not appear until the eighteenth century.
Since then, the word bloodthirsty has been applied to pirates, Vikings, wolves and any other creatures that seem to revel in the shedding of blood. Coverdale might have been surprised, however, to learn that the early Christians in Rome — the very people who nurtured the faith that Miles himself embraced — were suspected of engaging in bloodthirsty, cannibalistic rituals. The rumour apparently got started when someone eavesdropped just outside a Roman house where some Christians were meeting in secret to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.
500 Years of New Words: The Fascinating Story of How, When, and Why Hundreds of Your Favourite Words First Entered the English Language by Bill Sherk