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The American Language is a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. The book is Menken's research of the differences between English and American language. Mencken wanted to defend «Americanisms» against a steady stream of English critics, who usually isolated Americanisms as borderline «perversions» of the «mother tongue». The book discusses the beginnings of «American» variations from «English», the spread of these variations, American names and slang. According to Mencken, American English was more colorful, vivid, and creative than its British counterpart. The book concludes with the observation in the norms of use of the proper names in America, including surnames, given names, geographical names, Menken's analysis on the American slang, and forecast on the further language development.