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  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:58 PM

A pahticulah way of talking

Ben Zimmer / Boston Globe
This is just one of many fascinating linguistic vignettes revealed in the new book “Speaking American: A History of English in the United States,” by the late University of Michigan scholar Richard W. Bailey. A preeminent figure in the study of American English, Bailey died last April after a four-year health struggle following a near-fatal car accident.

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