A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First by Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

No booklet had extra impact on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English Usage. It quickly turned the normal paintings of reference for the right kind use of English when it comes to selection of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and continues to be thought of through many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this loved paintings, better with a brand new creation through certainly one of state-of-the-art top specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of wonderful examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the historical past of linguistic notion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, used to be way more refined in his research of language than most folk become aware of and lots of of his entries reveal a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even supposing the booklet is stuffed with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is generally clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed from time to time to exasperation by means of the infelicities of his wayward scholars, yet continually in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the easiest information for them.... He might shake his stick at us, yet we by no means consider we're truly going to be beaten."
within the concluding component to the e-book, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a latest viewpoint on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Nineteen Twenties. This fascinating and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will satisfaction every person drawn to language

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Acaulous. See A-, AN-. accelerate makes -rable; see -ABLE 1. accent. Pronounce the noun a'ksnt, the verb akse'nt; see NOUN & VERB ACCENT. accentuate). ) the long form is now much the commoner ; in literal senses (sound or write with an accent), though either will pass, the short prevails ; & the DIFFERENTIATION is worth encouraging. acceptance, acceptation. The words, once used indifferently in several senses, are now fully differentiated. Acceptation means only the interpretation put on something (the 7 ACCESS word in its proper acceptation means love; the various acceptations of the doctrine of the Trinity), while acceptance does the ordinary work of a verbal noun for accept (find acceptance, be well received ; beg or ask one's acceptance of, ask him to accept; of.

Negative forms of adjectives in -ble. 4. -ble words of exceptional form or sense. 1. Normal use of -able as living suffix. The suffix -able is a living one, & may be appended to any transitive verb to make an adjective with the sense able, or liable, or allowed, or worthy, or requiring, or bound, to be ed. If the verb ends in mute -e, this is dropped except after soft c or g (usable, likable, dyable, pronounceable, manageable, bridgeable). Verbs ending in -y preceded by a consonant change y into i (justifiable, triable; but buyable).

It is not always available, however; her & ABSORBEDLY his mutual dislike must be left as it is. absorbedly. Four syllables; see -EDLY. abstraction, abstractness. See -ION & -NESS. abysmal, abyssal. The first is the rhetorical word (abysmal ignorance, degradation, bathos); abyssal, formerly used in the same way, has now been appropriated as a technical term meaning of the bottom of the ocean or of a depth greater than 300 fathoms. , however, (Milton) means rightly The Academy. Academy. , Plato, the Platonists, & Platonism ; the Garden, Epicurus, the Epicureans, & Epicureanism ; the Lyceum, Aristotle, the Aristotelians, & Aristotelianism; the Porch, Zeno, the Stoics, & Stoicism ; the Tub, Antisthenes, the Cynics, & Cynicism.

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