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Now the VOA Special English program words and their stories.

Today's word is belittle. It was first used by Tom Jefferson, the third present of the United States.

Many years ago a French naturalist the C.F.wrote some books about natural history. The books were great success, even thourh some critics didn't like them. Some critics said C.F. is more a poet than a scientist.

Tom Jefferson didnot like what the crowd have said about the natural wonders of the new world. It seemed to Jefferson at the crowd had gone out of his way to speek natural wonders in the Ameria as if they were unimprotant. This trouble Tom Jefferson. He, too, was a naturalist as well as a farmer, inventor, historian, writer and politician. He has seen the natural wonders of Europe. To him they no more important than those of the new world.

In 1787,Tom Jefferson wrote about his homestay Virginia. Quite a writting he saw of this natural beauty and than of words C.F. At that moment Jefferson created a new word belittle. He said the C.F.believes that nature be little of her productions on this side of Atlantic. No a vester the American word export like this word. He putted it in his English dictionary in 1806. Belittle to make small unimportant.

Americans had already accepted Jefferson's word and started to use it. In 1797 the independent critical news paper used the word to describe a politician the paper supported. He is an ordinary man the paper wrote ,so that the opposition try belittle as much as they please. In 1844 the republican centre know of Virginia wrote this about the opporsition party. The Whigs may attempt to little our candidates that is a favorite game of their's.

In 1872 a famous Amerian word export decided that the time have come to kill this word. He said the belittle has no chance of coming English, and as more critical writer of Ameria like those Britian few no need of it,the sooner it is forgotten the better. This export feel to kill the word.

Today belittle used not only in the United States but in other countries for the English language is spoken. It seemed that efforts to belittle the word didnot stop people from using it.

You have been listening to the VOA Special English program words and their strories. I'm Vorincheer.

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