A Desk-book of Errors in English: Including Notes on Colloquialisms and Slang to be Avoided in Conversation (Google eBook)

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Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1906 - English language - 232 pages
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Page 5 - His adherence to general nature has exposed him to the censure of critics, who form their judgments upon narrower principles. Dennis and Rymer think his Romans not sufficiently Roman; and VOltaire censures his kings as not completely royal. Dennis is offended, that Menenius, a senator of Rome, should play the buffoon; and VOltaire perhaps thinks decency violated when the Danish usurper is represented as a drunkard.
Page vii - Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
Page 78 - evidence." in legal acceptation, includes all the means by which any alleged matter of fact, the truth of which is submitted to investigation, is established or disproved.
Page 217 - And the same rule holds in superlatives. We say, 'the two wisest men,' 'the two tallest men ; ' and not ' the wisest two men,'
Page 21 - Few knights of the shire had libraries so good as may now perpetually be found in a servants' hall, or in the back parlour of a small shopkeeper. An esquire passed among his neighbours for a great scholar, if Hudibras and Baker's Chronicle, Tarlton's Jests and the Seven Champions of Christendom, lay in his hall window among the fishing rods and fowling pieces.
Page 196 - To express simple futurity, use shall in the first person and will in the second and third persons...
Page 196 - ... notice of a death in a newspaper :] say, will be long, &c. Shall and will are often confounded ; the following rule, however, may be of use to the reader : mere futurity is expressed by shall in the first person, and by will in the second and third : the determination of the speaker by will in the first, and shall in the second and third, as, I WILL go to-morrow, I SHALL go to-morrow. NB The latter sentence simply expresses a future event ; the former expresses my determination.
Page vii - The health of Mr. Parnell has lately taken a very serious turn, and fears of his recovery are entertained by his friends," which, one may add, was rather unfriendly on their part.
Page 78 - ... truth of the statements of men of integrity, having capacity and opportunity for observation, and without apparent influence from passion or interest to pervert the truth. This belief is strengthened by our...
Page viii - Slang is a vocabulary of genuine words or unmeaning jargon, used always with an arbitrary and conventional signification, and generally with humorous intent. It is mostly coarse, low, and foolish, although in some cases, owing to circumstances of the time, it is racy, pungent, and pregnant of meaning.

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