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By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

ISBN-10: 0191571199

ISBN-13: 9780191571190

ISBN-10: 0199535345

ISBN-13: 9780199535347

No publication had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English Usage. It swiftly grew to become the normal paintings of reference for the right kind use of English by way of number of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and remains to be thought of via many to be the simplest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this loved paintings, superior with a brand new creation through one among modern top specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of interesting examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's popularity and his position within the heritage of linguistic suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, used to be way more refined in his research of language than most folks discover and lots of of his entries reveal a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any smooth linguist proud. And even supposing the e-book is filled with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is mostly clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler was once like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed every now and then to exasperation by way of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet regularly short of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the simplest information for them.... He may perhaps shake his stick at us, yet we by no means think we're really going to be beaten."
within the concluding component to the booklet, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a contemporary viewpoint on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Twenties. This interesting and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will pride each person attracted to language

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The correct forms are : your & our & his efforts (not yours & ours); either my or your informant must have lied (not mine); her & his mutual dislike (not hers) ; our without your help will not avail (not ours). There is no doubt a natural temptation to substitute the wrong word ; the simple possessive seems to pine at separation from its property. The true remedy is a change of order:—your efforts & ours

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.

See open. In contexts that do admit of ABLATIVELY. doubt, it may be said generally that aeharnement. See FRENCH WORDS. action tends to displace act. If we ache, the letter. See AITCH. were making the phrases for the acid test. See POPULARIZED TECH- first time now, we should probably NICALITIES. prefer action in Through God will we acknowledgement). For pronun- do great acts, The Acts of the ciation see KNOWLEDGE. For -dg(e)- Apostles, By the act of God, Be ment see JUDGEMENT. great in act as you have been in acoustic.

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