Words We Misspell: Ten Thousand Terms, Showing Their Correct Forms and Divisions as Used in Printing and Writing, with Rules Governing the Orthography of English Words

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1921 - English language - 249 pages
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Page ii - It indicates the correct pronunciation of English words, foreign terms, Bible names, personal names, geographical names, and proper names of all kinds current in literature, science, and the arts.
Page xii - There came in my time to the College one Nathaniel Conopios, out of Greece, from Cyrill, the patriarch of Constantinople, who, returning many years after, was made (as I ,understand) Bishop of Smyrna. He was the first I ever saw drink coffee; which custom came not into England till thirty years after.
Page xiii - gh" stands for "p" as in "hiccough;" "ough' for "o" as in "dough;" "phth" for "t" as in "phthisis;" "eigh" for "a" as in neighbor;" "tte" for "t" as in "gazette" and "eau" for "o" as in "beau" — the correct spelling of "potato" must be "ghoughphtheightteeau.
Page 14 - The following nouns ending in /, or fe, form the plural by changing their endings into ves : beef, beeves ; calf, calves ; elf, elves ; half, halves ; knife, knives ; leaf, leaves ; life, lives ; loaf, loaves ; self, selves ; sheaf, sheaves ; shelf, shelves ; thief, thieves ; wife, wives ; wolf, wolves.
Page 256 - in that exquisite precision in the choice of words which never seems to be precise, but has all the aspect of absolute freedom." While there are IS synonyms for beautiful, 21 for beginning and 37 for pure, there is usually one word that expresses the shade of meaning better than others. This book is a most thoro work of its kind and contains more than 8,000 classified and discriminated synonyms with nearly 4,000 antonyms ; the correct use of prepositions is indicated by illustrative examples. The...
Page 13 - Nouns ending in y preceded by a consonant, change y into i, and add es, without increase of syllables: as, fly, flies; duty, duties.
Page vii - ... if our spelling followed the pronunciation of words, it would in reality be a greater help to the critical student of language than the present uncertain and unscientific mode of writing.
Page 10 - 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 13 - The following plurals are still more irregular. Direction. Learn to form the following plurals: Child, children; foot, feet; goose, geese; louse, lice; man, men; mouse, mice; Mr., Messrs.; ox, oxen; tooth, teeth; woman, women. (For the plurals of pronouns, see Lesson 124.) LESSON 113 NUMBER FORMS — CONTINUED Some nouns adopted from foreign languages still retair> their original plural forms.
Page 4 - Words ending in ce or ge retain the e before able, or ous, in order to avoid hardening the...

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