Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms

Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...I may say that I never heard it there. What advantage then does it possess over the more familiar form of the verb that it should supersede it here 1 Surely the phrase, "money to lend," is sufficiently intelligible. To talk of loaning money would suggest to an unsophisticated Englishman the idea of some unknown process at the mint.--Geikie, in Canadian Journal, Sept. 1857. Loan-office. A public office in which loans of money are negotiated for the public, or in which the accounts of loans are kept and the interest paid to the lenders.--Webster. Loan-officer. A public officer empowered to superintend and transact the business of a loan office.--Webster. Lobby. The persons who frequent the lobby of a house of legislature. The special correspondent of the London Times in writing from Washington, thus speaks of the Congressional "Lobby" and its influence: The Lobby of Washington has of late years grown to be an appreciable influence, and much indignation is expressed by political purists at its existence. But probably there never was a legislative body in the world without something of the kind. In the old Parliament of Ireland there were regular "undertakers of the king's business," who did not necessarily have seats among the men they influenced; and the House of Commons has recognised parliamentary agents. The business of the American Lobby is something of the same kind, but it has not yet obtained a formal organization. It is at present an outside pressure exercised by a miscellaneous crowd of persons, whose influence may be social, or political, or local, or a combination of any of those elements; they are often agents of other parties, simply remuncratcd for their exertions, or they are both agents or principals, ...
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604857
  • 9781236604859