A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First by H. W. Fowler

By H. W. Fowler

No booklet had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English utilization. It quickly turned the traditional paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to selection of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and continues to be thought of by means of many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this liked paintings, better with a brand new advent by way of one in every of today's top specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of interesting examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the background of linguistic suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk detect and plenty of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even though the ebook is stuffed 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 means of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest tips for them.... He may possibly shake his stick at us, yet we by no means consider we're truly 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 Twenties. This intriguing and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will satisfaction each person attracted to language.

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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.

ABSOLUTE POSSESSIVES. Under this term are included the words hers, ours, theirs, & yours, & (except in the archaic attributive-adjective use, as thine eyes) mine & thine. The ordinary uses of these need not be set forth here. But a mistake is often made when two or more possessives are to be referred to a single noun that follows the last of them : the absolute word in -s or -ne is wrongly used in the earlier place(s) instead of the simple possessive. 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).

The principle is that the normal form -able should be used when there is no objection to it; there is an objection when a word is itself well established with -ible &c. in general use, & therefore digestable, perceivable, are not to be substituted 3 -ABLE, 3 for digestible & perceptible ; there is also an objection, though a less forcible one, when, though the word itself is not established in the -ible form, it is one of a set that includes an established word in -ible ; thus incontrovertible & convertible should decide the form of avertible, divertible, pervertible, & revertible ; digestible, that of suggestible ; in favour of addueible, educible, inducible, producible, seducible, & tradwcible, there is added to the influence of (ir)reducible & deducible a legitimate dislike to the ugly forms in -eable.

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