II. Are Our Poets That Influential?

Brown, Ivor
October 1955
New Republic;10/31/55, Vol. 133 Issue 18, p17
This article focuses on the elements of the British English found in the American language. Through pressure of power and population, Anglo-American is the medium most convenient and most extensively employed. Fortunately this language, while it naturally and properly changes with the growth of American influence, remains easily comprehended over large areas of the world. An Englishman reading New York journals has no more need to use a dictionary than has an American reading London newspapers. The author finds that the American language is so often much closer to old English than is modern English. Many words, carried by pilgrims and colonists, have vanished on the East of the Atlantic, but have endured on the West.


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