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Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Today's word is belittle. It was first used by Thomas Jeffison, the third president of the United States.

Many years ago a French naturalist the * wrote some books about natural history. The books was agreed success even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said * is more of poet than a scientist.

Thomas Jeffison did not like what the content said about natural wonders of the new world. It seemed to Jeffison that the contact gone out of his way to speak of natural wonders in America as if they were unimportant. This troubled Thomas Jeffison. He too was a naturalist as well as a farmer, inventor, historian, writer and politician.

He had seen the natural wonders of Europe. To him, there were no more important than those of the new word. In 1788, Thomas Jeffison wrote about his home state, Virginia, where writing he thought of its natural beauty and then of the words *. At that moment, Jeffison created a new word, belittle. He said the comfortable * believes that natural belittle * productions on this side of the Atlantic.

Now our Websiter, the American word expert liked this word. He putted in his English language dictionary in 1806. Belittle to make small or important. American had already accepted Jeffison's word and started to use it. In 1797, the independent * newspaper used word to describe a politation the paper supported. He is an honorable man the paper wrote. So let the operation tried to belittle him as much as they please.

In 1844, the Republican center of Virginia wrote this about the opposition party. The * may attempted to belittle our candidates. That is a favored game of theirs.

In 1872, a famous American word expert the signed that the time had come to kill this word. He said belittle has no chance of the coming English. And has more critical writers of America like those of Britain feel no need of it. The sooner it is forgotten the better. This expert felt to kill the word. Today belittle is used not only in the United States and England, but in other countries where the English language is spoken. It is seems that efforts to belittle the word did not stop people from using it.

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