By Marv Rubinstein
A compendium of yank proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US thesaurus; abbreviations and acronyms and different a variety of odds and ends. commonplace by means of non-native audio system and translators.
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A slogan is a catchword or phrase, usually originally associated with advertising or promotion or as a rallying cry for an organization or association, but now in popular use. An aphorism is a terse statement of a truth or opinion. The line between proverbs and aphorisms is blurred and highly subjective but, generally speaking, proverbs tend to have a longer history and more popular usage. Proverbs are also more likely to carry a moral message than are aphorisms. ) There are literally thousands of proverbs, slogans, and aphorisms, some of American origin and many going back to our English heritage, or even further back, to the Bible.
Even then, you could tongue (talk back to) your husband; uncle (act in an avuncular fashion toward) your nieces and nephews; happy a friend or malice a foe. These were all nouns used as verbs. In present day America, however, the practice has mushroomed. Instead of letting them foot it, we bus children to school where the teachers school them. In movies, the cowboys head the horses off at the pass. At dinner, we are wined and dined in fine restaurants, or we pig out at the local beanery. We horn our way into difficult situations and then have to weasel our way out.
Today, when women can support themselves and may choose not to marry or can’t find a suitable mate, being an unmarried woman on her own no longer has such a social stigma. Since the term “old maid” no longer has a reason to exist, it has disappeared. With a growing, changing language, words come and words go. Offshoots of Specialized Activities Contributing further to the expansion and diversification of the American Language are a vast number of recent slang and colloquial terms originating in the professions or in specialized areas of American life.
American English Compendium by Marv Rubinstein