Pure Saxon English, Or, Americans to the Front (Google eBook)

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Rand, McNally, 1890 - English language - 166 pages
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Page 18 - Except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.—St. Paul,
Page 40 - I love the language, that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses in a female mouth, And sounds as if it should be writ on satin, With syllables that breathe of the sweet south, And gentle liquids gliding all so pat in That not a single accent seems uncouth, Like our harsh northern whistling, grunting guttural, Which we're obliged to hiss and spit and sputter all. The
Page 23 - The greater forcibleness of Saxon-English, or rather non-Latin English, first claims our attention. The several special reasons assignable for this may all be reduced to the general reason—economy. The most important of them is early association. A child's vocabulary is almost wholly Saxon. He says, I have, not I possess; I
Page 26 - we arc at once shown that as the predicate determines the aspect under which the subject is to be conceived, it should be placed first; and the striking effect produced by so placing it becomes comprehensible. Take the often-quoted contrast between—"Great is Diana of the Ephesians," and
Page 23 - was learnt later in life, and has not been so often followed by the thought symbolized, it does not so readily arouse that thought as the term sour. If we remember how slowly and with what labor the appropriate ideas follow unfamiliar words in another language, and how increasing familiarity with such words
Page 23 - he does not beg for amusement, but for play; he calls things nice or nasty, not pleasant or disagreeable. The synonyms which he learns in after years never become so closely connected with the ideas signified as do these original words used in childhood,
Page 23 - greater rapidity and ease of comprehension; and if we consider that the same process must have gone on with the words of our mother tongue from childhood upward, we shall clearly see that the earliest learnt and oftenest used words,
Page 24 - to be several causes for this exceptional superiority of certain long words. We may ascribe it partly to the fact that a voluminous, mouth-filling epithet is, by its very size, suggestive of largeness or strength; and
Page 24 - Is it better to place the adjective before the substantive, or the substantive before the adjective? Ought we to say with the French, un cheval noir; or to say as we do,
Page 24 - Probably most persons of culture would decide that one order is as good as the other. Alive to the bias produced by habit, they would ascribe to that the preference they feel for

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