By H. W. Fowler
No e-book had extra impression on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English utilization. It speedily turned the normal paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to number of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his company critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try out of time and continues to be thought of through 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, stronger with a brand new creation through considered one of today's best specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of pleasing examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's acceptance and his position within the historical past of linguistic inspiration. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more subtle in his research of language than most folk discover and plenty of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any glossy linguist proud. And even though the ebook 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 from time to time to exasperation by way of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet consistently short of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest suggestions for them.... He may possibly shake his stick at us, yet we by no means suppose we're really going to be beaten."
In the concluding component to the e-book, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a latest viewpoint on them, and exhibits 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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He had a nimbler wit, a better sense of proportion, and a more open mind, than his twelve-yearolder partner; and it is matter jof regret that we had not, at a certain point, arranged our undertakings otherwise than we did. In ign we started work simultaneously on The Pocket Oxford Dictionary and this book; living close together, we could, and did, compare notes ; but each was to get one book into shape by writing its first quarter or half; and so much only had been done before the war. The one in which, as the less mechanical, his ideas and contributions would have had much the greater value had been assigned, by ill chance, to me.
In the sense behave like, actions the sense is not characteristic the word, once used as freely as where deed, but simply deed). On the other play, has contracted a slangy or hand, when for of folly or of a fool vulgarly colloquial tone, & is now &c. foolish &c. is substituted, action more appropriate in such expres- is commoner act—a cruel, kind, sions as act the giddy goat than in foolish, noble,than action or act. act the philosopher, lover, child, or (2) In the sensebase, instant of doing : even fool, in all of which play is caught in the act, teas in the very act better.
Abbreviate, abdicate, make abbreoiable, abdicable : see -ABLE 1. abdomen. Pronounce abdo'mfin. B ABETTER abetter, -or. See -OB. Abigail. See SOBRIQUETS. abjection, abjectness. See -ION & -NESS. ablatively, ablativally, &c. Adverbs from the names of grammatical cases are best formed in -ively. There is no doubt about the names used in modern English grammar ; everyone would say subjectively, objectively, & possessively. And, though the Latin case-names have adjectives in -ival, as datival, it will be admitted that ' used vocativally' at any rate is hardly tolerable, that none of the forms in -ively is very objectionable, & that it is worth while to secure consistency.