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Words They Lived By:
Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now

Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now by Joan Bines, our Director, offers an entertaining and informative look into colonial New England life as well as a bit of perspective on ours today. It sheds light on familiar colonial New England words and expressions and on the life and history that informed them. Did you know that the colonists used the words slang, football, coffeehouse, negligee, scuttlebutt, but with far different meanings from those we know today? Did you wonder where the expression red tape, bitter end, or to be at loggerheads came from? 

William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod, Harvard Yard, and the Lincoln Letter, wrote of Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now: "We are what we say . . . and how we say it. That is the message of this fun and fascinating new book. .. You will be surprised and entertained on every page, whether you are a scholar of linguistics, a student of the eighteenth century, or just someone who loves to win the word games in the parlor. Read it once and you'll find yourself going back to it again and again." 

The book can be purchased at the Golden Ball Tavern Museum for $20.00.