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absurd adjective adverb agreeable apostrophe avoided better cacography careful speakers careless commonly Compare condemned confounded correct critics denote derived designate Discriminate carefully distinction distinguished elegant elliptical English English language equivalent erroneously euphuism Exercise expression favor Fitzedward Hall followed former formerly frequently heir homophones idea illiterate imperfect tense implies improperly incorrect incorrectly inelegant intended interchangeable intransitive kind lady Latin latter literary usage locutions meant merely misapplied noun object omitted one's onym past participle person or thing pleonastic plural verb polite possessive preceded preferable preposition pronoun properly refined diction Richard Grant White Samuel Johnson sanction sense sentence signifies singular sion slang slang phrase slang term solecisms sometimes misused speak speech spelling spoken spoon Standard Dictionary says strictly substitute synonymous tense term sometimes tion to-morrow tween these words undesirable colloquialism verb vulgar phrase whereas word means word should never writing
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 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.