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Words from the White House

Words And Phrases Coined Or Popularized By America's Presidents

By Paul Dickson

The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the proscriptive King's English. Noah Webster called the creation of such Americanisms "acts of defiance," along with such radical ideas as universal literacy and public libraries. Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that weve put to general use.

Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue. Organized chronologically, each entry contains the definition, etymology, and a brief essay placing the word or phrase in its cultural context. From Washington (tin can) and Jefferson (who alone gets credit for some one hundred coinages, including belittle and the expression holding the bag), to Lincoln (relocate) and Teddy Roosevelt (bully pulpit), to Ike (mulligan) and Obama (Snowmageddon), they collectively provide an illuminating tour of more than two centuries of our history.

Bloviate ... lunatic fringe ... iffy ... military industrial complex ... Anglophobia ... kitchen cabinet ... public relations ... ottoman ... pedicure ... point well taken ... personal shopper ... normalcy

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Book

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  • 973.099 Dic, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

0802743803


Format: Book
Author: Dickson, Paul
Summary: Collects American presidential words, phrases, and slogans that have defined the nation's culture, in a work arranged chronologically and complemented by definitions, etymologies, and essays placing each entry in its cultural context.
Title: Words from the White House : Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents / Paul Dickson.
Publisher Date: New York : Walker & Company, 2013.
Subject: Presidents -- United States -- Quotations Presidents -- United States -- Language -- History. English language -- Political aspects -- United States -- History. English language -- United States -- Terms and phrases Americanisms Presidents -- United States -- Biography -- Miscellanea United States -- Politics and government -- Quotations, maxims, etc.
Isbn: 0802743803 9780802743800
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Bib Id: 423105

Format: Book
Author: Dickson, Paul
Summary: Collects American presidential words, phrases, and slogans that have defined the nation's culture, in a work arranged chronologically and complemented by definitions, etymologies, and essays placing each entry in its cultural context.
Title: Words from the White House : Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents / Paul Dickson.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Walker & Company, 2013.
Description: 197 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Quotations
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Language -- History.
Subjects: English language -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Subjects: English language -- United States -- Terms and phrases
Subjects: Americanisms
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Biography -- Miscellanea
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- Quotations, maxims, etc.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-197) and index.
LCCN: 2012037479
ISBN: 0802743803
ISBN: 9780802743800
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 973.099 Dic