By H.L. Mencken
H. L. Mencken released his fourth (and ultimate) version of his landmark paintings in April 1936. whereas it's a treatise at the improvement of American-English, it's also attention-grabbing and shows Mencken's famous wit and humor.
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Extra resources for American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, 4th Edition
In the course of the chapters following I have noted my frequent debt to large numbers of volunteer aides, some of them learned in linguistic science but the majority lay brothers as I am. My contacts with them have brought me many pleasant acquaintanceships, and some friendships that I value greatly. In particular, I am indebted to Dr. Louise Pound, professor of English at the University of Nebraska and the first editor of American Speech, whose interest in this book has been lively and generous since its first appearance; to Mr.
Above all, I am indebted to my secretary, Mrs. Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, without whose indefatigable aid the present edition would have been quite impossible. The aforesaid friends of the philological faculty are not responsible, of course, for anything that appears herein. They have saved me from a great many errors, some of them of a large and astounding character, but others, I fear, remain. I shall be grateful, as in the past, for corrections and additions sent to me at 1524 Hollins street, Baltimore.
He divided these “errors in grammar, improprieties and vulgarisms” into eight classes, as follows: 1. Americanisms, or ways of speaking peculiar to this country. 2. Vulgarisms in England and America. 3. Vulgarisms in America only. 4. Local phrases or terms. 5. Common blunders arising from ignorance. 6. Cant phrases. 7. Personal blunders. 8. 6 By Americanisms, said Witherspoon, I understand an use of phrases or terms, or a construction of sentences, even among people of rank and education, different from the use of the same terms or phrases, or the construction of similar sentences in Great Britain.
American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, 4th Edition by H.L. Mencken