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[quote=genieup,Sep 23 2007, 07:31 PM]
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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 Jefferson,the third president of the united states.Many years ago a french naturalist * wrote some books about natural history.The books were a great success even though some critics did not like them.Some critics said*is more of a poet than a scientist.Thomas Jefferson did not like what  the * said about the natural wonders of the new world.

It seemed to Jefferson that the contest had gone out of his way to speak a natural wonders in the America as if they were unimportant.This troubled Thomas Jefferson.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 world.

In 1788,Thomas Jefferson wrote about his homestate Virginia.While writing,he thought of its natural beauty and then of words * .At that moment,Jefferson created a new word  "belittle".He said the the comfortable fun the lives that nature belittles the productions and this side of *.Know a websiter the american word expert like this word.He put it in his english language dictionary in 1806.Belittle to make small unimportant.Americans had already accepted Jefferson's word and studied to use it.

In 1797,the independed cradical news paper used word to describe 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 center of Virginia wrote this about the opposition party.The wig? 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 there's more critical writers of american like those of Britain,feel 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 listenning to the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. I'm W.S.
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