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H.L. Mencken (1880–1956).  The American Language.  1921.

List of Words and Phrases
 
plough, n., 35, 97, 114, 231, 237, 240, 241
plough-boy, 225
plow, n., 223; plow, v., 231, 232
plug along, vp., 384
plumb, adv., 94; v., 185
plump, 94
plunder, n., 40, 41
plunder-bund, 199
pluralist, 130
plute, 184
Plymouth Brethren, 131
pocketbook, 127
podgy, 223, 225
poem, 218
points, n., 97; v., 116
poison, 315
poker, 109, 405
pokerish, 109
poke-weed, 56
polack, 333
poleit, 412
policy, 199
pomato, 186
poncho, 101
pond, 56, 62, 352
pone, 41, 52
pooldoo, 202
pony up, vp., 128, 193
poorhouse, 115, 122
pop, n., 184, 99
pop-concert, 185
pop-corn, 26, 57
poppy-cock, 95
popular-priced, 144
populist, 420
porgy, 51
pork, 191
pork-barrel, 98, 124, 176
porpess, 231, 232
porpoise, 231, 232
porque, 203
porridge, 57, 115, 122
portage, 53, 101, 352
port-cochère, 249
porter, 114, 127
portière, 249
Portugee, 308
possum, 184
post, n., 118, 164; v., 118
postal-card, 118
postal-order, 118
post-card, 118
posterior, 228
post-free, 115, 118
postillion, 240
postman, 26, 115, 118
postoffice-order, 118
postpaid, 115, 118
postum, 195, 196
pot, 128
potato-bug, 56
poteen, 105
potpie, 115
powerful, 39
practical, 110
practis, 245
practise, 241
prairie, 50, 53, 101, 352
prairie-schooner, 95
praline, 202
p’raps, 319
prebendary, 130
preceptor, 169
precinct, 98
précis, 249
predicate, v., 92
prefect, 121, 159
prélude, 320
première, 320
premises, 240
prepaid, 115, 118
prep-school, 120, 184
pres, 245
presentation, 130
president, 121, 145
presidential, 39, 61, 162
presidio, 101, 202
prespiration, 318
press, 115
press-agent, n., 144; v. 192
pressatori, 410
pressman, 115, 124
press-representative, 145
prestolite, 196
pretence, 224
pretense, 224
pretty, 217
pretzel, 103
Preussen, 334
preventable, disease, 151
prickly-heat, 57
primarily, 209
primary, n., 98
primate, 130
Prince-Albert, 14, 119
principal, 121
printery, 186
print-shop, 168
private-detective, 127
private enquiry agent, 127
private-soldier, 114
probate, v., 125
probe, n., 188
problem, 216
procede, 245
process, 216
procurer, 150
produce, 216
product, 216
prof, 185
professor, 41, 137
progenitor, 227
program, 115, 210, 222, 236, 237, 244, 245, 247
programme, 210, 222, 226, 240, 241
progress, v., 49, 59, 61, 81, 92, 210
prohibition, 420
project, 216
prolog, 222, 244
prologue, 222
prom, 185
promenade, 113
promulge, 88
pronto, 166
proof, 219
propaganda, n., 42, v., 175
prophet, 216
proposition, 134
prosit, 104
prospect, 216
prostitute, 150
protectograph, 195
protégé, 249, 320
Protestant Episcopal, 131
prove, v., 125; prove, n., 274
proved, 274
proven, 274
proverb, 216
provost, 121, 216
psalm, 215
psych, 185
pub, 122, 164
public comfort station, 150
public-company, 123
public elementary school, 120
public-house, 115, 122, 144
publicist, 144
public-school, 115, 119
public-servant, 35, 115, 121
publishment, 39, 91
pudgy, 223, 225
puff-puff, 119
puka, 204
pulizio, 410
pull, n., 98, 124, 414
pull up stakes, vp., 93
pull wool over his eyes, vp., 93
pumpernickel, 103
pumpkin, 211
pun, 184
pung, 58
pungry, 58, 128
punk, 369
punt, 128
purse, 127
purchasing-agent, 145
push, n., 384
pusht, 280
pussy-footed, 176
put, 193, 274
put a bug in his ear, vp., 93
put it down, vp., 118
put on, vp., 123
put over, vp., 193
put up, vp., 123
pygmy, 224, 226, 236, 237, 240
pyjamas, 223, 233, 239, 240
quad, 170
quadroon, 54
quaff, 110
quahaug, 39, 52
quandary, 362
quan’ity 318
quarantine-flag, 148
quarel, 218
quarter-day, 132
quarter of, 132
quarter to, 133
quartet, 225, 245
quartette, 240, 241
quaver, 132
questionize, 91
queue, 123
quiande, 404
quick, 306
quien, 202
quinine, 218
quit, 274
quite, 133, 135
quite so, 135
quitter, 15
quoit, 316
quotation-marks, 115
r, p., 71, 72, 210, 318
raad-bas, 414
rabbit, 64
raccoon, 51, 161
racing-dope, 109
radish, 217, 316
ragamuffin, 67
rail, 97
railroad, n., 115, 168; v., 97
railroad-man, 97, 115
rails, 115

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