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Now, the VOA Special English program “words and their stories”.
Today’s word is Be little. It was first used by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Many years ago, A French naturalist the Comterbal Phone wrote some books about natural history. The books were a great success even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said Colber Phone is more of a poet than a scientist. Thomas Jefferson did not like what the contact has said about the natural wonders of the new world. It’s seemed to Jefferson that P had gone out of his way to speak of natural wonders in America as if they were unimportant. This troubled Thomas Jefferson.

He too was naturalist as well as a farmer, inventor, historian, writer and politician. He has seen the natural wonders of the Europe. To him, they were no more importance than those of the new world. In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote about his home state Virginia. While writing, he thought its natural beauty and then of the worlds of Comfortable Phone. At that moment Jefferson created a new word ‘be little’. He said the Comfortable Phone believes that nature be little of his productions on this side of the Atlantic. No a Webster the American word expert liked this word. He put it in his English language dictionary in 1806.

Be little to make small, unimportant. Americans had already accepted Jefferson’s word and started to use it. In 1797, the independent crimical newspaper used the word to described politician the paper supported. He is an honorable man the paper wrote, so let the opposition tried to be little him as much as he pleased. In 1844, the republican center of Virginia wrote this about the opposition party. The where is made attempt to be little our candidates that is a favor game of theirs. In 1872, a famous American word expert decided that time had come to kill this word. He said be little has no chance of becoming English. And as the more critical writers of America like those Britain feel no need of it, the sooner it is forgotten the better. This expert failed to kill the word.

Today be little is used not only in the United States and England, but in other countries where the English language is spoken. It seemed that efforts to be little of 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 Vorlan Shill
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