The American Language

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The American Language: An inquiry into the development of English in the United States  (1919) 
by H. L. Mencken
2nd ed., rev. and enl. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1921. 1-58734-087-9
The American Language is H. L. Mencken's 1919 book about changes Americans had made to the English Language. The book discusses the beginnings of American variations from English, the spread of these variations, American names and slang over the course of its 374 pages. According to Mencken, American English was more colourful, vivid, and creative than its British counterpart.Excerpted from The American Language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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