By H.L. Mencken
H. L. Mencken released his fourth (and ultimate) version of his landmark paintings in April 1936. whereas it's a treatise at the improvement of American-English, it's also attention-grabbing and shows Mencken's recognized wit and humor.
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Trace] of corruption to which every language widely diffused must always be exposed. As the Revolution drew on, the English discovered varieties of offensiveness on this side of the ocean that greatly transcended the philological, and I can find no record of any denunciation of Americanisms during the heat of the struggle itself. When, on July 20, 1778, a committee appointed by the Continental Congress to arrange for the “publick reception of the sieur Gerard, minister plenipotentiary of his most christian majesty,” brought in a report recommending that “all replies or answers” to him should be “in the language of the United States,”5 no notice of the contumacy seems to have been taken in the Motherland.
8. 6 By Americanisms, said Witherspoon, I understand an use of phrases or terms, or a construction of sentences, even among people of rank and education, different from the use of the same terms or phrases, or the construction of similar sentences in Great Britain. It does not follow, from a man’s using these, that he is ignorant, or his discourse upon the whole inelegant; nay, it does not follow in every case that the terms or phrases used are worse in themselves, but merely that they are of American and not of English growth.
The Double Negative 8. Other Syntactical Peculiarities X. PROPER NAMES IN AMERICA 1. Surnames 2. Given-Names 3. Place-Names 4. Other Proper Names XI. AMERICAN SLANG 1. The Nature of Slang 2. Cant and Argot XII. THE FUTURE OF THE LANGUAGE 1. The Spread of English 2. English or American? APPENDIX. NON–ENGLISH DIALECTS IN AMERICA 1. Germanic a. German b. Dutch c. Swedish d. Dano-Norwegian e. Icelandic f. Yiddish 2. Latin a. French b. Italian c. Spanish d. Portuguese e. Rumanian 3. Slavic a. Czech b.