Six Thousand Common English Words: Their Comparative Frequency and what Can be Done with Them

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Clement Press, 1911 - English language - 64 pages
 

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Page 21 - And from that day o'er hill and glade, Through those old woods a path was made; And many men wound in and out, And dodged and turned and bent about, And uttered words of righteous wrath Because 'twas such a crooked path. But still they followed, do not laugh, The first migrations of that calf; And through this winding woodway stalked Because he wobbled when he walked.
Page 21 - Each day a hundred thousand rout Followed the zigzag calf about ; And o'er his crooked journey went The traffic of a continent. A hundred thousand men were led By one calf near three centuries dead.
Page 21 - The years passed on in swiftness fleet, The road became a village street ; And this, before men were aware, A city's crowded thoroughfare. And soon the central street was this Of a renowned metropolis. And men two centuries and a half Trod in the footsteps of. that calf.
Page 21 - Since then two hundred years have fled, And, I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail, And thereby hangs my moral tale. The trail was taken up next day By a lone dog that passed that way; And then a wise bell-wether...
Page 21 - For men are prone to go it blind Along the calf -paths of the mind, And work away from sun to sun To do what other men have done. They follow in the beaten track, And out and in, and forth and back, And still their devious course pursue, To keep the path that others do. But how the wise old wood-gods laugh, Who saw the first primeval calf Ah! many things this tale might teach— But I am not ordained to preach.
Page 21 - This forest path became a lane, That bent and turned, and turned again; This crooked lane became a road, Where many a poor horse with his load Toiled on beneath the burning sun, And travelled some three miles in one. And thus a century and a half They trod the footsteps of that calf.
Page 4 - The London Point System of Reading for the Blind. The author says of it, 'Taking passages from the English Bible and from various authors, containing 100,000 words, a list was made of the 353 words which occurred most frequently, and the number of times each occurred was noted.
Page 5 - the first 750 words" in his list, "with their repetitions, constitute more than three-fourths of all the words on the eight pages from which they have been drawn, and probably a large part of these words will be found in nearly the same proportion in any English conversation or printed matter.
Page 21 - ... of the mind, And work away from sun to sun To do what other men have done. They follow in the beaten track, And out and in, and forth and back, And still their devious course pursue, To keep the path that others do. But how the wise old wood-gods laugh, Who saw the first primeval calf! Ah ! many things this tale might teach, — But I am not ordained to preach.
Page 21 - ONE day, through the primeval wood, A calf walked home, as good calves should; But made a trail all bent askew, A crooked trail as all calves do. Since then two hundred years have fled, And, I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail, And thereby hangs my moral tale.

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