Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now offers an entertaining and informative look into colonial New England life as well as a bit of perspective on our own. It sheds light on familiar colonial New England words and expressions and on the life and history that informed them. Did you know that the colonists used the wordsslang, football, coffeehouse, negligee, scuttlebutt, but with far different meanings from those we know today? Did you wonder where the expression red tape, bitter end, to be at loggerheads came from? Join me as I regale you with definitions, stories, poems, anecdotes and photographs.
William Martin, New York Times best selling author of Cape Cod, Harvard Yard, and the Lincoln Letter, wrote of my book:
We are what we say…and how we say it. That is the message of this fun and fascinating new book. You will be surprised and entertained on every page, whether you are a scholar of linguistics, a student of the eighteenth century, or just someone who loves to win the word games in the parlor. Read it once and you’ll find yourself going back to it again and again.