Made in America
An Informal History of the English Language in the United StatesBook - 2001
A history of the American English language consists of entertaining anecdotes that reveal the bizarre and often humorous origins of such familiar words as "Hollywood" and "macaroni." Reprint.
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of The Mother Tongue, now celebrates its magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood . . . and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle called his befeathered cap "Macaroni."