The donzerly spangles

I timed my latest article for The Week for July 4. I thought it might be nice to have something light and fun on an American theme to get away from the unpleasant stream of daily political news, at least briefly. (Oh, and if you’re raising an eyebrow at the first-person statements in the article, I am, after all, an American citizen – dual Canadian-American, in fact – and have lived in the US, though I’m happy in Toronto now.) How many of these did you know?

Impress your fellow Americans with the patriotic etymologies of these July 4 words

 

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One response to “The donzerly spangles

  1. Students in our school system may not know anything about the Constitution but they all know about John Hancock—“Hey young man put your John Hancock on the title and the car is yours.” Fred Barber in Lake Havasu City–the home of the London Bridge (AD 1831).

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