The Difference Between Words, Esteemed Synonymous, in the English Language: And the Proper Choice of Them Determined; Together With, So Much of Abbé Girard's Treatist on this Subject as Would Agree with Our Mode of Expression

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Page 68 - ... mould be carried at the end of a lance by a herald ; who was to proclaim, here is all that this great prince will carry out of the world with him, of his wealth, dignity, and dominion, that he enjoyed upon earth.
Page 72 - Tome peculiar employment : but genius, feems to be more internal, and poflefled of the powers of invention ; talent, more external, and capable of execution. Thus, we have a genius, for poetry and painting ; but, a talent, for fpeaking and writing. Such as have a genius for mechanics, may have no talent for watch-malting.
Page 99 - We fay, a pile of bricks ; when they are, the materials, prepared for building ; and a heap of bricks, when they are, the remains of a fallen edifice.
Page 84 - ... letters we receive, and for all our conduct. The word reply is far more limited ; it supposes a dispute, commenced from difference of sentiment ; we reply to the answer of an author whose works we have criticized, to the reprimands of thope to whose correction we are unwilling to submit, to pleaders, to an answer in Chancery.
Page 35 - ... frequently mistaken for, and complimented with, the superior name of real good nature ; a man, by this specious appearance, has often acquired that appellation, who, in all the actions of his private life, has been a morose, cruel, revengeful, sullen, haughty tyrant. — Let them put on the cap whose temples...
Page 5 - On, Upon, Thefe two words are indifcriminately ufed, one for another, on all occafions ; but, with great impropriety. On, rather, fignifies by; as, on my word; on my honour; &c. whereas, upon, means up, on the top of; and is applied to matter ; as, upon the table ; upon the chair; upon the houfe; &c. The abfurdity of a contrary diction, is evident from the following change of words: it was his honour, upon which, he .fwore. Indeed, the word upon is ufed with elegance, even detached from fubftance,...
Page 71 - Thus, we fay, a big man ; a big ftone i but, a /arj-i? room •, a /arj f field. A large man, is as great an impropriety, as a big field -, and we need, only, mention a big or large pleafure, to (hew the abfurdtty. [ 78 ] 63Grave, Serious, Staid. We are Jlaid, through difcrction and cuftom ; grave, thro* humour and conftitution ; ferious, thro* tafte and affectation.