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7 Great Words and Phrases Coined by H. L. Mencken

12 Sep
7 Great Words and Phrases Coined by H. L. Mencken

History like this make me love the English language and help keep me from being too puritan to accept the changes we make today.

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A septet of great words invented by the American wit, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

H. L. Mencken (Henry Louis Mencken, to give him his full name) was born on this day in 1880, so to toast this great American journalist, critic, and all-round wit, we’ve put together a list of seven words and phrases he is thought to have originated. Fans of word-origins may also enjoy our pick of the most enjoyable and amusing words P. G. Wodehouse invented.

BOOBOISIE: In 1922, Mencken coined the word ‘booboisie’ for uncultured and uneducated members of the general public, i.e. ‘boobs’, modelling the word after the more famous ‘bourgeoisie’.

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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in Quotes, Randomness...

 

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