A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language

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J. Richardson and Company, 1822 - English language - 710 pages
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Page 45 - Over thy decent shoulders drawn : Come, but keep thy wonted state, With even step, and musing gait, And looks commercing with the skies, Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes...
Page vii - Is it the usage of the multitude of speakers, whether good or bad ? This has never been asserted by the most sanguine abettors of its authority. Is it the usage of the studious in schools and colleges, with those of the learned professions...
Page 16 - Any period of time attributed to something as the whole, or part, of its duration ; a succession or generation of men ; the time in which any particular man or race of men lived, as, the age of heroes...
Page 41 - The rough r is formed by jarring the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth near the fore teeth: the smooth r is a vibration of the lower part of the tongue, near the root, against the inward region of the palate, near the entrance of the throat. This latter r is that which marks the pronunciation of England, and the former that of Ireland.
Page 150 - One straight body laid at right angles over another ; the ensign of the Christian religion ; a monument with a cross upon it to excite devotion, such as were anciently set in market-places...
Page vii - Graecism of the schools, will be denominated respectable usage, till a certain number of the general mass of speakers have acknowledged them ; nor will a multitude of common speakers authorize any pronunciation which is reprobated by the learned and polite.
Page 206 - The Ember days at the four Seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
Page 154 - Circulation, pnwer of passing from hand to hand ; general reception ; fluency, readiness of utterance ; continuance, constant flow ; general esteem, the rate at which any thing is vulgarly valued; the papers stamped in the English colonies by authority, and passing for money.
Page iv - 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.
Page iv - For pronunciation, the best general rule is, to consider those as the most elegant speakers who deviate least from the written words.

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