A Vocabulary, or collection of words and phrases which have been supposed to be peculiar to the United States of America. To which is prefixed an essay on the present state of the English Language in the United States. John Pickering.

A Vocabulary, or collection of words and phrases which have been supposed to be peculiar to the United States of America. To which is prefixed an essay on the present state of the English Language in the United States.

Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1816.

Second edition, revised and corrected. 206, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original blue-grey boards, slightly stained; recent paper spine in antique style. 19th century library bookplate on front pastedown. Untrimmed, internally very clean, a near fine copy. Sabin 62638; American Imprints 38631. Item #247335

Second, revised and corrected edition, of Pickering's classic analysis of American English.  A VOCABULARY... first appeared in the MEMOIRS... of the American Academy, and first in book form in 1815 in Cambridge.  Among the Americanisms discussed: drouth for drought, constitutionality, clitchy (means sticky), squatters, spunk, banditti, and a host of other words now in common use.

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