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How do you speak American?

From TLS, Andrew Caines reviews Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language by Anna Wierzbicka. Katharine Trendacosta on 15 common English words that you probably didn’t know were still trademarked. The United Slang of America: If every state had an official word, what would it be? The secret history of “y’all”: Cameron Hunt McNabb on the murky origins of a legendary Southern slang word. Lauren Davis on 10 things people once complained would ruin the English language. Dear pedants: Your fave grammar rule is probably fake. The fetishization of “correct English” — which is to say, white, wealthy English — is in direct opposition to everything that makes English such a glorious drunkard’s debauch of a language. How do you speak American? Mostly, just make up words. Carly Fiorina says English should be the official language — here’s the problem with that. We all speak Americano: To all the tourists and newly arrived immigrants to NYC and beyond, “if Thomas Jefferson can make up words, so can you”.