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Now the VOA Special English program “Words and Their Stories”.
Today’s word is belittle.it was first used by Tomas Jefferson.The third president of the United Sates.Many years ago,a french naturalist ***wrote some books about natural history.the books were a great success even through some critics did not like them. Some critics said **is more of a poet than a scientist. Tomas Jefferson did not like what the count had said about the natural wanders of the new world. It seemed to Jefferson that the count had gone out of his way to speak of natrual wanders in America as if they were unimportant. This troubled Tomas Jefferson.He too was a natrualist as well as a farmer inventor historian writer and politician.He had seen the natrual wanders of Europe.To him there were no more important than those of the new world.
In 1788, Tomas Jefferson wrote about his homestate Virginia. While writing he thought of the natrual beauty and then of the words of comfortbale form. At that moment Jefferson created a new word beliitle.He said the comfortable form believes that natrual belittles productions on this side of the Atlantic.No a expert, the Amecian expert liked this word.He put it in his English language dictionary in 1906.Belittle,to make small unimportant.Americans had already eccepted Jefferson’s word and stared to use it.in 1797 the indepent cramical newspaper use 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 sentenal Virginia wore this about the opposition party.the Whigs may attempt to belittle our candidates.That was the favorite game of theirs
1872, a famous American words expert decided that the time had come to kill this word.He said belittle has no change of the coming English. And as more critical writers of America,like those in Britain 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 United States and England.But in other countries where the English is spoken.It seems that efforts to "belittle" of the word did not stop people from using it.
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