Made in America by Bill Bryson
An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

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In this sequel to his history of the English language, "Mother Tongue", Bryson takes an informed and fond look at the history of Americans through their popular culture and language. He explains why they drive on the right, say "lootenant", and call a certain type of sandwich a "hamburger".
 

About Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.
 
Published June 2, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 434 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Ex-patriate journalist Bryson (Neither Here Nor There, 1992, etc.) skims the history and present condition of American English.

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Bryson offers a playfully anecdotal account of the etymology of distinctive words and phrases that help to create a distinctly American English. (Mar.)

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Entertainment Weekly

But Made in America is so wittily informed, so richly anecdotal, and so consistently entertaining that it’s hard to imagine anybody who wouldn’t be enthralled by this dazzlingly clever work.

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The Independent

This is a man whose favourite part of the Sunday New York Times is the advertising supplement, a man enraptured by his country because it's the home of the electric nail buffer and the musical shoe-tree - and no passage in The Lost Continent was more revealing than the visit to the Henry Ford Mus...

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The Independent

Despite nods in the direction of the influence of such linguistic minorities as the Jews, Italians and Germans, Bryson's main focus is on American English qua American English.

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People

Acoma, for instance, considered as a possible name for New Mexico, is not a made-up word but the name of what is thought to be the oldest continually inhabited settlement in North America.

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