Word-book of English Spelling, Oral and Written: Designed to Attain Practical Results in the Acquisition of the Ordinary English Vocabulary, and to Serve as an Introduction to Word-analysis

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Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor,, 1872 - English language - 154 pages
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Learning to spell the Englis language correctly is the most difficult task of school life. Hence correct spelling is rightly regarded as a sign of culture and bad spelling as indicating a lack of it. Orthography cannot be taught in twelve easy lessons : it can be acquired only by hard study. The Word-Book is neither a 'primary speller' nor a dictionary. It omits the alphabet and the "ab ab's" on the one hand, and on the other, quite a number of sesquipedalian words common to all old-time 'spelling books.' Spelling is the leading idea ; but at the same time a foundation is laid for the subsequent study of words and of language.

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Page 94 - An indictment is a written accusation of one or more persons of a crime or misdemeanor, preferred to, and presented upon oath by, a grand jury.
Page 150 - Monosyllables, and words accented on the last syllable, when they end with a single consonant preceded by a single vowel, or by a vowel after qu...
Page 150 - NO DOUBLING. A final consonant, when it is not preceded by a single vowel, or when the accent is not on the last syllable, should remain single before an additional syllable : as, toil, toiling ; visit, visited ; general, generalize.
Page 150 - No Doubling. — A final consonant, when it is not preceded by a single vowel, or when the accent is not on the last syllable, should remain single before an additional syllable ; as, toil +ing = toiling ; cheat + ed = cheated ; murmur + ing = murmuring.
Page 127 - A bankrupt's goods or effects formally given up to his creditors. set-off The clearing of one debt by another. se ques tra' tion The taking possession of one's property till the rent or profits have paid his debts.
Page 149 - The e is retained in a few words to prevent their being confounded with similar words, as singe + ing = singeing, to prevent its being confounded with singing. RULE II. — Final e followed by a consonant.
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Page v - Saxon and classical roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The main object of these lessons is the orthography, but at the same time the pupil will get at the drift of the meaning of the derivative words. 12. The practical character of the work, which aims to set forth, not the tens of thousands of " long-tailed words in osity and ation," but the actual vocabulary used in speaking and writing.
Page 104 - y," when preceded by a consonant, is changed to "i" before any suffix not beginning with "i.
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