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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Mark Twain once said, “The King’s English is not the King’s. It’s a joint stock company, and Americans own most of the shares.” That, and from time to time we issue our own stock as well. I’m talking about words of American origin that we add to the language.
Native American languages have given numerous words to the English (chipmunk, raccoon, pecan, sachem, etc.).
There are fanciful American coinages (bloviate, skedaddle, etc.). But our most popular export, as far as words are concerned, is OK (an abbreviation of oll korrect, jocular respelling of “all correct”).
Then there are words coined after American people. This week we’ll see five such words.
verb tr.: To systematically attack a nominee or candidate for public office.
After Robert Bork (1927-2012), whose nomination for the US Supreme Court was rejected in 1987 after extensive publicity by various groups exposed his extreme views (such as, his support for a poll tax). Earliest documented use: 1987.
“The borking of Clarence Thomas that followed nearly kept him from being confirmed.”
SCOTUS, Lies, and Videotape; The Examiner (Washington, DC); Feb 24, 2016.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The crucial disadvantage of aggression, competitiveness, and skepticism as national characteristics is that these qualities cannot be turned off at five o'clock. -Margaret Halsey, novelist (13 Feb 1910-1997)