By Bill Sherk
500 Years of latest phrases takes you on an exhilarating trip throughout 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 12 months that every note used to be revealed or written down. starting with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a one who would really like to visit Mars yet is fearful of being marooned there), this e-book will be opened at any web page and the reader will find a excellent array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this ebook is unputdownable (the major access for 1947). If Shakespeare have been alive at the present time, he may purchase this e-book.
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The plague broke out on board, and when they landed in Italy, it spread like a cancer up the Italian peninsula, over the Alps into France, across the English Channel, and onto the British Isles. One person in four went to the grave, and as people tried to flee from what they believed was the wrath of God, they carried the sickness into new towns and villages, creating further panic and spreading the disease in ever-widening circles. In the midst of all the suffering and death, one little village in England — Eyam by name — had its finest hour.
H. McConnell, who began selling books door-to-door in 1886 but found there were fewer doors slammed in his face if he sold perfume. On the company’s fiftieth anniversary, he changed the name to Avon because he was such an ardent admirer of William Shakespeare and his hometown of Stratford-on-Avon. 1561 GROTESQUE Although grotesque is now used as an adjective, it first entered the English language as a noun to describe a type of decorative painting or sculpture that portrayed human or animal forms fantastically interwoven with foliage and flowers.
He shared it with his queen, Elizabeth I, and received a knighthood. His voyage accomplished something else as well. In order to reach the Pacific, Drake sailed through the treacherous Strait of Magellan and noticed some flightless seabirds, which he called “penguins,” from the Welsh pen, meaning “head,” and gwyn, “white” — probably suggested by a Welsh sailor on board. Drake even named an island in honour of the new bird. ” In 1713 a rare use of the word violin cropped up when it was used as a verb meaning to entice or seduce by violin-playing.