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Now, the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories, today’s word is Belittle.

It was first used by Tomes Jespersen, the third President of the United States. Many years ago, a French Naturalist, the Comfortable Phone wrote some books about natural history. The book was a great success, even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said Comfortable Phone is more of a poet than a scientist. Tomes Jespersen did not like what the Con has said about the natural of the new world. It the same to Jespersen that the C had gone out his way to speak of natural wonder in the American as if they will unimportant. This troubled Tomes Jespersen. He too was a naturalist as well as a farmer, inventor, historian, writer and politician. He has seen the natural wonders of the Europe. To him, they were known more important than those of the new word.

In 1788, Tomes Jespersen wrote about his home state Virginia. While writing, he thought of its natural beauty and than of the words of comfortable phone. At that moment, Jespersen created a new word Belittle. He said the comfortable Phone believes that natural belittle her productions on this side on the Atlantic. Known as website, the American word expert liked this word. He predicted in his English language dictionary in 1806. Belittle to make small an important, Americans all have accepted Jespersen’s word and started to use it.

In 1797, the independent Comical News Paper to use the word to describe a palliation the paper supported. He is an un-noble man, the paper wrote so that the opposition tried to belittle him as much as they pleased.

In 1844, the Republican Senator of Virginia wrote this about the opposition party. The * may attempt to belittle our candidates that is a favorite 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 that’s more critical writers of the American like those of Britain feel no need of it. The sooner as it forgotten the better. This expert felt to kill the word.

Today Belittle is used not only in the United States in England but in other countries were the English language it was spoken. It’s same 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 Warren Share.
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