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Also significant beginning around 1600 AD was the English colonization of North America and the subsequent creation of a distinct American dialect Some pronunciations and usages froze when they reached the American shore In certain respects American English is closer to the English of Shakespeare than modern British English is Some Americanisms that the British decry are actually originally British expressions that were preserved in the colonies while lost at home eg fall as a synonym for autumn trash for rubbish frame-up which was reintroduced to Britain through Hollywood gangster movies and loan as a verb instead of lend The American dialect also served as the route of introduction for many native American words into the English language Most often these were place names like Mississippi Roanoke and Iowa Indian-sounding names like Idaho were sometimes created that had no native-American roots But names for other things besides places were also common Raccoon tomato canoe barbecue savanna and hickory have native American roots although in many cases the original Indian words were mangled almost beyond recognition Spanish has also been great influence on American English Armadillo mustang canyon ranch stampede and vigilante are all examples of Spanish words that made their way into English through the settlement of the American West To a lesser extent French mainly via Louisiana and West African through the importation of slaves words have influenced American English Armoire bayou and jambalaya came into the language via New Orleans Goober gumbo and tote are West African borrowings first used in America by slaves
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