A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language: In which Not Only the Meaning of Every Word is Explained and the Sound of Every Syllable Distinctly Shown ... To which are Prefixed Principles of English Pronunciation ... Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities ... To which is Annexed A Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names, &c
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Page 242 - London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called Grub-street" — , " lexicographer, a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.
Page v - When vowels are under the accent, the prince, and the lowest of the people in the metropolis, with very few exceptions, pronounce them in the same manner ; but the unaccented vowels in the mouth of the former have a distinct, open, and specific sound, while the latter often totally sink them, or change them into some other sound.
Page iii - Some speakers, who had the regularity of their language at. heart, were grieved to see the compound depart so far from the sound of the simple, and with heroic fortitude have opposed the multitude by pronouncing the first syllable of this word as it is heard in the verb to know. The Pulpit and the Bar have for some years given a sanction to this pronunciation ; but the Senate and the Stage hold out inflexibly against it -, and the Nation at large seem insensible of the improvement.
Page 164 - Most of the writers of English grammar have given long tables of words pronounced otherwise than they are written; and seem not sufficiently to have considered, that, of English, as of all living tongues, there is a double pronunciation; one cursory and colloquial; the other, regular and solemn.