By H. W. Fowler
No e-book had extra impact on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English utilization. It swiftly grew to become the normal paintings of reference for the proper use of English by way of number of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try out of time and remains to be thought of by means of many to be the easiest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this cherished paintings, greater with a brand new creation by means of considered one of today's major specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of pleasing examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the background of linguistic concept. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folks notice and lots of of his entries exhibit a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any glossy linguist proud. And even though the publication is filled with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is mostly clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed now and then to exasperation by way of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually in need of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the easiest suggestions for them.... He could shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're truly going to be beaten."
In the concluding portion of the publication, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a contemporary point of view on them, and exhibits how English has replaced because the Nineteen Twenties. This interesting and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will satisfaction each person drawn to language.
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ION See & -MENT. ado. Fl. -os ; see -O(E)S 3. adopted, adoptive. , is to a certain extent excused by such allowed attributive uses as the condemned cell; that is the cell of the condemned, & the adopted father is the father of the adopted. But, while condemned saves a clumsy periphrasis, adopted saves only the trouble of remembering adoptive. adulterate makes -rable; see -ABLE 1. adumbrate. See -ATABLE. advancedly. Four syllables if used; see -EDLY. advancement). There are no contexts in which advancement can be substituted for advance without damage to or change in the sense ; in the following sentence advance should have been written :—It will not be by the setting of class against class that advancement will be made.
In 1915-16. The present book accordingly contains none of his actual writing; but, having been designed in consultation with him, it is the last fruit of a partnership that began in 1903 with our translation of Lucian, H. W. F. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I cannot deny myself the pleasure of publicly thanking Lt-Col. H. G. , who not only read, and criticized in detail the whole MS. of this book, but devised, at my request, a scheme for considerably reducing its bulk. That it was not necessary to adopt this scheme is due to the generosity of the Clarendon Press in consenting to publish, at no high price, an amount much greater than that originally sanctioned.
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.