Made in America is an interesting story of the history of the English language in America. Anyone with an interest in language, writing or US history would enjoy it.
I read the book in May/June 2012.
This is a printout of my reading notes that contains new terms and ideas.
Made in America
By Bill Bryson
Published in 1994
Topographic words p 18
John Pickering – Academy of Natural Sciences – on NJ dialect
Adam Smith – Wealth of Nations
British reaction to Declaration of Independence = hogwash – “created equal”?, slavery
David Simpson – The Politics of American English
OK = “oll korrect”
Pre-1880 immigrants considered in higher regard than later immigrants – Congressional report
Tom Paine (anonymous) – Common Sense
Oyster War – p 48
Questions on firearms – p 56
Citizens Bank of New Orleans issued “Dix” currency $10
Gettysburg Address p 79
Ralpho Waldo Emerson – “build a better mousetrap” p 86
Pennsylvania names of Taverns p 108
NJ “Mosquito State”
Jews: name change Dr. Levy to Sullivan to Kilpatrick p 117
“The Virginian” by Owen Wister 1902 p 129
US government made 400 treaties with native Americans and broke every one of them per Howard Zinn.
Skandinavians – Garrison Keilor – upper Midwest
Sephardic vs Ashkenazi Jews vs. Eastern European Jews
– Reshaping Americans concept of itself p 141
Jerusalem artichoke = Helianthus tuberous
Suburban Square Ardmore PA 1928
Shopping malls p 218 Victor Green – appalled with the result
NYT predictions that TV would flop
1951 James Jones – “From Here to Eternity” p 229
1958 “The Affluent Society” – John Kenneth Galbraith