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Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

de Bill Bryson

Outros autores: Bruce McCall (Ilustrador)

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"A literate exploration of why we use??or mangle??our native tongue."??USA Today

Bill Bryson celebrates America's magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood...and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap "Macaro… (mais)

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Good but a bit too much trivia. ( )
  kslade | Dec 21, 2023 |
In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.
  CalleFriden | Feb 17, 2023 |
I listened to this on audio.

Up front, let me state that I thought this book was going to be entirely about how the English language evolved in the United States since the revolution. It is, but only marginally. It's much more a short history of the USA's short history, with the evolution of words, terms, idioms or neologisms worked into the timeline.

I was fine with this one I readjusted my expectations, but the first couple of chapters and my expectations sort of clashed. Once I adjusted, I enjoyed it quite a bit, as I usually do with all of Bill Bryson's writing. I appreciate his humour and his attempt at cultural balance and I feel like when he doesn't know something (or other sources don't) he just says it - he doesn't try to bluster his way through.

I didn't give the book a higher rating, because as an audio book, this one isn't the greatest. The narrator does a great job but the text itself doesn't always lend itself to reading out loud: Bryson uses a LOT of word lists and I just couldn't stay tuned in - my mind wandered. There are a lot of parts of this book I'm going to have to go back to and read in print form because I just tuned out when the lists started up.

If you're interested in a short and concise history of the USA and how the English language grew with the country, I recommend this one - but maybe read it, and skip the audio version; I think you'll get more out of it. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 17, 2022 |
Indeholder "List of Illustrations", "Acknowledgements", "Introduction", "1. The Mayflower and Before", "2. Becoming Americans", "3. A "Democratic Phrenzy": America in the Age of Revolution", "4. Making a Nation", "5. By the Dawn's Early Light: Forging a National Identity", "6. We're in the Money: The Age of Invention", "7. Names", "8. "Manifest Destiny": Taming the West", "9. The Melting Pot: Immigration in America", "10. When the Going was Good: Travel in America", "11. What's Cooking?: Eating in America", "12. Democratizing Luxury: Shopping in America", "13. Manners and Other Matters", "14. The Hard Sell: Advertising in America", "15. The Movies", "16. The Pursuit of Pleasure: Sport and Play", "17. Of Bombs and Bunkum: Politics and War", "18. Sex and Other Distractions", "19. The Road from Kitty Hawk", "20. Welcome to the Space Age: The 1950s and Beyond", "21. American English Today", "Notes on sources", "Notes", "Select bibliography", "Index".

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  bnielsen | Mar 8, 2021 |
Two books in one, Bill Bryson's “Made in America” (1994) is both a lively history of popular culture in America and an etymology of the words and phrases that grew out of that culture.

Bryson tells us what the Puritans did for fun, how frozen foods were invented (by accident, like so much else), how McDonald's restaurants came to be (Ray Kroc actually had little to do with it), why in wagon trains the wagons actually traveled not in line but side by side and that the first hit movie, although it was not yet called a movie, was “Fred Ott's Sneeze,” showing exactly what the title says.

Shopping carts originated in Oklahoma City back in 1936, Bryson tells us, but the inventor, Sylvan Goldman, had to hire people to demonstrate to customers how to use them.

What does George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, have to do with the word groggy? The plantation was named after the British admiral Edward Vernon, whose nickname was Old Grog. The daily ration of rum Vernon gave his sailors came to be known as grog, and those who drank too much of it were said to be groggy.

Such "classic Italian dishes" as chicken tetrazzini, veal parmigiana, fettuccine Alfredo and even spaghetti and meatballs originated in the United States. So did Russian dressing, French dressing and chop sued.

In the 1990 census 40 percent more Americans claimed to be Indians than 10 years previously. Was Elizabeth Warren one of these?

And so Bryson goes on for 400 pages. The author has a knack for digging up obscure trivia and then presenting it in entertaining prose. Open the book to any paragraph and you are likely to find something interesting that you won't remember ever hearing before — and probably won't remember tomorrow. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Feb 15, 2021 |
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"A literate exploration of why we use??or mangle??our native tongue."??USA Today

Bill Bryson celebrates America's magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood...and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap "Macaro

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