Cobb's Expositor; Or, Sequel to the Spelling-book: Containing about Twelve Thousand of the Most Common Words of the Language ... Designed for the Use of Schools

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J.H. Simon, 1832 - English language - 216 pages
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Page 3 - A vowel is a simple sound formed by a continued effusion of the breath, and a certain conformation of the mouth, without any alteration in the position, or any motion of 'the organs of speech, from the moment the vocal sound commences till it ends.
Page 3 - The letters are divided into Vowels and Consonants. The Vowels are a, e, i, o, u, y. The remaining letters are Consonants.
Page 24 - Apogason, apogee, or apogeum, " a point in the heavens, in which the sun, or a planet, is at the greatest distance possible from the earth in its whole revolution.
Page 5 - O. — 0 has a long sound, as in tone ; a long slender close sound, as in move ; a long broad sound, as in nor ; a short broad sound, as in not ; the short sound of the slender o, as in wolf. Irregular and unaccented sounds. It is pronounced like u short, as in come, son, Л e.
Page 51 - A piece of timber traversed with wooden spikes, pointed with iron, five or six feet long ; used in defending a passage, a turnpike, or tourniquet.
Page 5 - C has the sound of sh when followed by a diphthong, and is preceded by the accent, either primary or secondary ; as in social, pronunciation, &c.
Page 6 - It has been a custom within these twenty years to omit the % at the end of words when preceded by c. This has introduced a novelty into the language, which is that of ending a word with an unusual letter...
Page 3 - Vowels are generally reckoned to be five in number ; namely, a, s, f, o, u ; W is a vowel when it is preceded by a, e, or o in the same syllable ; Y is a vowel when it is in the middle or at the end of a syllable, and sometimes at the begInning of a syllable, as in parox-ysm. W is...
Page 141 - A mode of speech in which the meaning is contrary to the words.
Page 18 - Afterall, -tr-U', ad. at last; in fine ; in con Afterclap, f'tr-klap, n. an unexpected event happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end Aftercost, af'ter-kost, n.

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