By Bill Sherk
500 Years of recent Words takes you on an exhilarating trip in the course of 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 no longer alphabetically by means of in chronological order in accordance with the earliest recognized yr that every be aware used to be published 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 frightened of being marooned there), this booklet should be opened at any web page and the reader will find a brilliant array of linguistic delights. In different phrases, this publication 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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In 1796 an English medical student named Edward Jenner began working on the cure that would save hundreds of millions of lives. Jenner had noticed that milkmaids very seldom contracted smallpox and thus came to believe, quite correctly, that infection with cowpox, a much milder form of the pox, would protect a person against a subsequent smallpox infection. He inoculated a young boy with cowpox by taking the disease from the hand of an infected milkmaid and injecting it into the young lad’s arm.
Back in 1532 it was used as a noun, ambidexter, to describe a person who took bribes from both sides. By the end of the 1500s, ambidexter had acquired its more modern meaning, and people began using other words (some of which are unprintable) to describe people who take bribes from both sides. Although ambidextrous has now been part of our language for several hundred years, some people are still not sure of the meaning. In her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee describes a rape trial in the courtroom of a small town in Alabama: “Mr.
By the eighteenth century, smallpox was so widespread that nearly everyone in Europe and Asia had had the disease at some point during their lifetime. While smallpox was often fatal (following a high fever, headache, backache and rash), many victims did survive, only to find their faces horribly pockmarked for life. The word comes from Old English smael, meaning “small,” and pox, the plural of pock. In 1796 an English medical student named Edward Jenner began working on the cure that would save hundreds of millions of lives.