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Many years ago, a French naturalist, Count de Buffon, wrote some books about natural history. The books were a great success even though some critics did not like them.Some critics said, "Count de Buffon is more of a poet than a scientist. "
Thomas Jefferson did not like what Count de Buffon had said about the natural wonders of the New World. It seemed to Thomas Jefferson that Count de Buffon had gone out of his way to speak of natural wonders in America as if they were. unimportant.
This troubled Thomas Jefferson. He was also a naturalist, as well as a farmer, an inventor, a historian, a writer and a politician. He had seen the natural wonders of Europe. To him, they were no more important than those of the New World.
In seventeen eighty-eight, Thomas Jefferson wrote about his home state, Virginia.While writing, he thought of its natural beauty and then of the words of Count de Buffon.At that moment, Jefferson created a new word - belittle. He said, " Count de Buffon believes that nature belittles her production on this side of the Atlantic. "
Noah Webster, the American word expert, liked this word. He put it in his dictionary of the English language in 1806. " Belittle - to make somebody or something small,unimportant. "
Americans had already accepted Jefferson's word and started to use it. In seventeen ninety-seven, the Independent Chronicle used the word to describe a politician the paper supported. " He is an honorable man," the paper wrote, " so let the opposition try to belittle him as much as they please. "
In eighteen seventy-two, a famous American word expert decided that the time had come to kill this word. He said, " ' Belittle' has no chance of becoming English. And as more critical writers of America, like those of Britain, feel no need of it, the sooner it is forgotten, the better. "
This expert failed to kill the word. Today, belittle is used, not only in the United States and England, but in other countries where the English language is spoken. It seems that efforts to belittle the word did not stop people from using it.