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H.L. Mencken

Adjusting the Bible Belt (Guest Post by Andrew Seal)

[Editor’s Note:  This is the third of six weekly guest posts by Andrew Seal — Ben Alpers] With some frustration, I have found that it is rather difficult to track the origins of various “Menckenisms,” especially “booboisie” and “boobus Americanus.” (If you have any leads on their first usages, please let me know!) One Menckenism for which it is not hard to establish an original usage, however, is “Bible Belt,” despite the fact that most people who use the term probably no longer trace it to Mencken. That’s not a complaint, exactly, but as we’ll see, the distance from Mencken’s Read more