A Dictionary of the English Language

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M. and J. Sullivan, 1862 - Classical languages - 552 pages
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Page 52 - And ever against eating cares, Lap me in soft Lydian airs, Married to immortal verse, Such as the meeting soul may pierce In notes, with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out, With wanton heed, and giddy cunning, The melting voice through mazes running, Untwisting all the chains that tie The hidden soul of harmony ; That Orpheus...
Page 24 - ... the word great should be pronounced so as to rhyme to state ; and Sir William Yonge sent me word that it should be pronounced so as to rhyme to seat, and that none but an Irishman would pronounce it grait. Now here were two men of the highest rank, the one, the best speaker in the House of Lords, the other, the best speaker in the House of Commons, differing entirely.
Page 36 - Of these reformers some have endeavoured to accommodate orthography better to the pronunciation, without considering that this is to measure by a shadow, to take that for a model or standard which is changing while they apply it.
Page 24 - Most of the writers on 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.
Page 38 - Words of one syllable or words of more than one syllable accented on the last syllable, ending in a single consonant preceded by a single vowel, double the final consonant when adding a suffix beginning with a vowel.
Page 36 - We have since had no general reformers; but some ingenious men have endeavoured to deserve well of their country, by writing honor and labor for honour and labour, red for read in the preter-tense, sais for says, repete for repeat, explane for explain, or declame for declaim. Of these it may be said, that as they have done no good, they have done little harm; both because they have innovated little, and because few have followed them.
Page 36 - But who can hope to prevail on nations to change their practice, and make all their old books useless ? Or what advantage would a new orthography procure equivalent to the confusion and perplexity of such an alteration?
Page 256 - Inserted out of the common order, to preserve the equation of time, as the twenty-ninth of February in a leap year is an Intercalary day.
Page 506 - Artemis in the grotto when she and her nymphs were cooling themselves with water and bathing, was changed by her into a stag, and torn to pieces by his own hounds. 1 Anabasis, v., 3, 6-13. " Chaste and holy " calls Homer the form of Artemis, and just as she herself was so had her priestesses to be.
Page 168 - DRYNURSE, drl-nurse, s. A woman who brings up and feeds a child without the breast; one who takes care of another.

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