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Giveaways: An ABC Book of Loanwords from the Americas

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Did you know that the okra plant and the word "okra" were introduced to the Americas from Africa? Or that "squash" was first a word from the language of the Narragansett tribe of New England? According to etymologists--people who study words, languages, and word histories--many languages grow by adopting words from other languages, or loanwords. American English is a giant ...more
Hardcover, 74 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by University of New Mexico Press (first published October 30th 2010)
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Dellani Oakes
Apr 22, 2012 Dellani Oakes rated it it was amazing
Giveaways is a delightfully illustrated, wonderfully informative book by Linda Boyden. Hours of research and creativity went into this colorful book about words the Native Americans have 'given' to the English language.

Want to know a good way to protect sheep? Read about a llama. Where did the idea of a barbeque come from? Ask the Taino people of the Caribbean. There are even legends about why the opossum's tail is hairless and how the Fanilusa Bayou got its name.

Each page is lavishly illustrate
At first glance, I was disappointed, because many of the words in this book are words I don't ever use, like kinnikinnik, geoduck, and nene. I discovered that more common words were also included, though, such as barbecue, canoe, and ukulele. I also discovered that I was interested in the descriptions and histories behind the various words that were selected. I also enjoyed the artwork. Overall, I think this is a good brief introduction to the history of some words borrowed from native groups in ...more
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