A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - 742 páginas
guide to precise phrases, grammar, and pronunciation can be key; it can even be admired. But beloved? Yet from its first appearance in 1926, Fowler's was just that. Henry Watson Fowler initially aimed his Dictionary of Modern English Usage, as he wrote to his publishers in 1911, at "the half-educated Englishman of literary proclivities who wants to know Can I say so-&-so?" He was of course obsessed with, in Swift's phrase, "proper words in their proper places." But having been a schoolmaster, Fowler knew that liberal doses of style, wit, and caprice would keep his manual off the shelf and in writers' hands. He also felt that description must accompany prescription, and that advocating pedantic "superstitions" and "fetishes" would be to no one's advantage. Adepts will have their favorite inconsequential entries--from burgle to brood, truffle to turgid. Would that we could quote them all, but we can't resist a couple.

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viii
36
other
44
otherwise
53
ought
108
ey y in adjectives Illiteracies
147
fact
163
out
166
Feminine designations Infinitive
175
half
456
phic
459
Phonetics
467
hardiy
485
have
492
Pleonasma
522
Polysyllabic humour Sentence
550
Pomposities
577

our or
218
fied
261
Foreign danger
276
For forc
293
Full stop
299
Gerund
375
Out of the fryingpan Recessive accent Superstitions
398
pace
418
Passive disturbances Retro
425
Greek 8
430
per proc
431
Hackneyed phrases Jingles
438
Person
444
hope
659
Popularized technical shall will
664
Possessive puzzles s incongruous
672
Presumptuous word some
679
ible
689
Pride of knowledge sort
694
ics
699
Hangingup
706
Pronouns
709
provided
720
lily
730
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