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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 Jeferson,the third president of United States. Many years ago,a French naturalist the comfort phone wrote some books about natural history. The books were a great success. Even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said :comfort found is more of a coword.than a scientist. Thomas Jefeson did not like what the critics had said about natural wonders of the new word. It seemed to Jefeson that the contact go out of its way to speak natural wonder in America.as if they were unimportant. This troubled Thomas Jefeson. He too was a naturalist, as well as a farmer ,inventer ,historian ,writter and politician. He had seen the natural wonders of Europe. To him ,they were no more important than those of the new word. In 1788, Thomas Jeferson wrote about his home state Virginia. While writing ,he thought of his natural beauty and then of the words of comfort phone . At that moment ,Jeferson created a new word “belittle”. He said , the comfort phone believes that natural belittles her production on this side of the Atlantic.
Knower Webster ,the American word expert liked this word. He putted it in his English language dictionary in 1806. belittle :to make small, unimportant. Americans had already accpeted Jeferson’s word and started to use it. In 1797 ,the independent cornical newspaper used the word to describe a politician the paper supported ,He is an honorable man. The paper wrote . so let the opposition try to belittle him as much as they please. In 1844, the republican seneter of Virginia wrote this about the opsition party. The ** may attemps to belittle our candidates.that is a favored game of theirs .
In 1872, a famous American word expert decided that the time had come to kill this word ,he said ,belittle has no chance of becoming English. And there was more critical writters of America like thost of Brititan feel no need of it , the sooner it is forgotten the better. This expert failed 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 seems that efforts to belittle the word did not stop people from using it.
You have been listening to the VOA special English program words and their stories, I am Walen Share.
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