Bill Sherk's 500 Years of New Words: The Fascinating Story of How, When, PDF

By Bill Sherk

ISBN-10: 1550025252

ISBN-13: 9781550025255

500 Years of latest phrases takes you on a thrilling trip during the English language from the times earlier than Shakespeare to the 1st decade of the twenty first century. the entire major entries are prepared no longer alphabetically by way of in chronological order according to the earliest recognized yr that every be aware used to be revealed or written down. starting with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one that would like to visit Mars yet is frightened of being marooned there), this booklet will be opened at any web page and the reader will find a marvelous array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this e-book is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive this day, he may purchase this ebook.

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You simply shoved the ball down the barrel until it got stuck, then you lit the fuse. If the barrel was made of wood, as they sometimes were, and the ball was really wedged in tightly, the back of the cannon would sometime exploded in one’s face. A few years after 1557 the word bullet was being used the way it is today, to describe a small ball of lead fired from a pistol or other gun of small calibre. ” A bullet looks like a ball, but a ballot is simply a sheet of paper we mark on election day.

1567 LOTTERY Although lotteries date back to ancient times, the first one in England was chartered by Elizabeth I in 1567 to raise money for the repair of harbours and other public works. In 1612 James I granted permission for a lottery to help support the fledgling colony of Virginia in the New World. Fifteen years later, a series of draws raised money for the construction of an aqueduct into the city of London. In both England and the United States, lotteries were used to finance a variety of worthy projects, including the construction of the British Museum, the installation of guns for the defence of Philadelphia, and the building of a road over the Cumberland Mountains (an undertaking supervised by George Washington).

You simply shoved the ball down the barrel until it got stuck, then you lit the fuse. If the barrel was made of wood, as they sometimes were, and the ball was really wedged in tightly, the back of the cannon would sometime exploded in one’s face. A few years after 1557 the word bullet was being used the way it is today, to describe a small ball of lead fired from a pistol or other gun of small calibre. ” A bullet looks like a ball, but a ballot is simply a sheet of paper we mark on election day.

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