Dictionary of Americanisms

Dictionary of Americanisms

by Pat Pflieger

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Dictionary of Americanisms by Pat Pflieger, John Russell Bartlett

John Russell Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms is a fascinating look at the words that actually came out of the mouths of early 19th-century Americans. It's also a window into U. S. history, with tiny essays on early political parties (the Democratic party, for example, was known as the "Loco-foco" after an incident of the kind which won't surprise observers of the political process), economics (how bears and bulls went to Wall Street), and culture (both strong drink and the Millerites); its collection of quotes offers later readers examples from a wide variety of early-19th-century works (everything from Congressional speeches to popular novels). And where else are you going to find discussions of words like "sanctimoniouslyfied" and "absquatulate"? or of phrases like "acknowledge the corn" and "red dog money"?

This ebook presents the first edition of Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms, published in 1848, with reviews from 1848-1849.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157964832
Publisher: merrycoz books
Publication date: 01/17/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 912,941
File size: 660 KB

About the Author

John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886) was well educated in history and literature before he and a partner opened a bookstore that became popular with scholars and literary figures. Bartlett also helped to found the American Ethnological Society. A stint as boundary commissioner wasn’t as successful as his many years as Rhode Island’s Secretary of State or his work as an historian and compiler of the Dictionary of Americanisms.

Pat Pflieger received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of A Reference Guide to Modern Fantasy for Children (Greenwood Press) and a book on Beverly Cleary (Twayne Publishers). Her research on early American periodicals for children appears on her website at merrycoz.org.

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