Write it Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults (Google eBook)

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Walter Neale, 1909 - English language - 73 pages
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Page 16 - All went but him." H is not a preposition and may take either the nominative or objective case, to agree with the subject or the object of the verb. All went but he. The natives killed all but him. Executed. "The condemned man was executed." He was hanged, or otherwise put to death; it is the sentence that is executed. Fail.
Page 32 - Gubernatorial. Eschew it; it is not. English, is needless and bombastic. Leave it to those who call a political office a "chair.
Page 31 - The soldier was given a rifle.' What was given is the rifle, not the soldier. 'The house was given a coat (coating) of paint.
Page 28 - He failed to note the hour." That implies that he tried to note it, but did not succeed. Failure carries always the sense of endeavor; when there has been no endeavor there is no failure. A falling stone cannot fail to strike you, for it does not try; but a marksman firing at you may fail to hit you.
Page v - ... doubt the most ignorant, bigotted, and misinforming writing on usage since White's work in 1870. Some extracts from its preface and contents will establish this charge beyond a doubt. In the preface the author announces : The author's main purpose in this book is to teach precision in writing. ... It is attained by choice of the word that accurately and adequately expresses what the writer has in mind. . . . Few words have more than one literal and serviceable meaning, however many metaphorical,...
Page v - ... account to have wide circulation and significant influence. Yet it is without doubt the most ignorant, bigotted, and misinforming writing on usage since White's work in 1870. Some extracts from its preface and contents will establish this charge beyond a doubt. In the preface the author announces : The author's main purpose in this book is to teach precision in writing. ... It is attained by choice of the word that accurately and adequately expresses what the writer has in mind. . . . Few words...
Page 10 - But a person cannot be aggravated, even if disagreeable or bad. Women are singularly prone to misuse of this word. All of.
Page v - Narrow etymons of the mere scholar and loose locutions of the ignorant are alike denied a standing.
Page 48 - Ovation. In ancient Rome an ovation was an inferior triumph accorded to victors in minor wars or unimportant battle. Its character and limitations, like those of the triumph, were strictly defined by law and custom. An enthusiastic demonstration in honor of an American civilian is nothing like that, and should not be called by its name.
Page 28 - He failed to note the hour." That implies that he tried to note it, but did not succeed. Failure curries always the sense of endeavor; when there haž been no endeavor there is no failure. A falling stone cannot fail to strike you, for it does not try; but a marksman firing at you may fail to hit you; and I hope he always will.

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