The Bottom Line
This book is a dictionary of terms used during the time of the Mormon pioneers. Each word is defined and most come with an example, many of which are quotes from the pioneers. A few terms also come with drawings.
- Extensive list of terms and definitions
- Very thorough research
- Quoted examples with almost every word
- About George W. Givens: he taught American History for twenty years in NY, Arizona and Virginia.
- His other published works are:
- "500 Little-known Facts in Mormon History" (See right hand column for a link to review of this book)
- "In Old Nauvoo"
- "The Nauvoo Fact Book"
- "Out of Palmyra" and
- "The Hired Man's Christmas"
Guide Review - Language of the Mormon Pioneers - LDS Book Review
This book is well researched and a valuable resource for anyone who is studying early Church writings. It's also fascinating just to read through each word to get an idea of what the language was like back then. I recommend this book to all those interested in learning more about the language of the Mormon pioneers, you won't be disappointed! Here are two examples of words defined in this book: Example 1: Singlet - n. "An unlined vest, usually close-fitting, and knitted or woven; undershirt." Although not commonly defined in contemporary dictionaries, it was used by such Mormon Pioneers as Thomas Bullock: (Dec 2, 1845) "I was at home ill with rheumatism, being short of flannel to make me a singlet. Sat by the stove in bed." Example 2: Squibs - n. Sarcastic speech; severe reflections; petty lampoons. Orson Hyde speaking of the enemies of the Church in the 1854 General Conference: "They may publish their squibs in the newspapers, and tell all about our wickedness and corruptions, but if we only live to reflect honor on the cause of God, it matters little what our enemies say." George W. Givens has also written a fabulous book called, "500 Little-known Facts in Mormon History" which I've reviewed as well. Don't miss the link for it in the right hand column.