500 Years of New Words. the fascinating story of how, when, by Bill Sherk

By Bill Sherk

500 Years of latest Words takes you on an exhilarating trip during the English language from the times sooner 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 in keeping with the earliest recognized yr that every be aware used to be revealed or written down.

Beginning with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one that would like to visit Mars yet is petrified of being marooned there), this booklet should be opened at any web page and the reader will find a remarkable array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this booklet is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive this present day, he may purchase this ebook.

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The word money goes back to the Roman goddess Juno Moneta, whose temple was built on the Capitoline Hill (making her the first capitalist) and who became the guardian of Roman finances. Her second name, Moneta, comes from the Latin moneo, meaning “I warn,” because she would blow the whistle on anyone who tried to steal government funds. The Roman mint was set up in her temple so that she could keep an eye on every coin stamped out. 1520 TORPEDO In 1520 a torpedo was a fish with a cigar-shaped body and tapered tail; only much later did it become a self-propelled submarine missile that explodes on impact with a ship or other target.

During the equally brief reign of his sister, Queen Mary (1553–1558), three hundred Protestants were burned at the stake as Mary tried to re-establish the Roman Catholic Church in England. The country was heading for civil war. In 1558 Princess Elizabeth became queen and calmed the troubled waters of religion with her new Anglican Church, a compromise solution that blended Catholic and Protestant faith and doctrine. A new English Bible and Book of Common Prayer gave the English people a heightened sense of pride in the majesty of their mother tongue, a majesty that reached full flower during the Elizabethan Age with Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and the other poets and playwrights who drew their inspiration from the exciting times in which they lived.

S53 2004 422 C2004-905468-6 1 2 3 4 5 08 07 06 05 04 We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for our publishing program. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and The Association for the Export of Canadian Books, and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishers Tax Credit program, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Ontario Book Initiative.

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