By H. W. Fowler
No ebook had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English utilization. It speedily grew to become the normal paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to 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 continues to be thought of via many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this cherished paintings, more suitable with a brand new creation by means of certainly one of today's prime 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 suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folks observe and plenty of of his entries exhibit 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 every now and then to exasperation through the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually short of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest suggestions for them.... He may perhaps shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're really going to be beaten."
In the concluding portion of the publication, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a latest point of view 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 every body drawn to language.
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Aboriginal used as a noun is the best singular. abridgement. For spelling see JUDGEMENT. abrogate makes -gable; see -ABLE 1. absence. For conspicuous by a. see HACKNEYED PHKASES. absolute. See LTJ; &, for the sense in grammar, TECHNICAL TEEMS. ABSOLUTE CONSTRUCTION. \. The insertion of a comma between noun & participle in the absolute use is indisputably wrong ; it arises from the writer's or the compositor's taking the noun, because it happens to stand first, for the subject of the main verb ; & it puts the reader to the trouble of readjusting, after he has formed it, his notion of the sentence's structure.
Change) Ms purpose. This will not e. (secure) his purpose. We hope to e. an improvement. I effected my escape. affectionately. See LETTER FORMS. affiliate makes -liable; see -ABLE 1. affinity. The prepositions normally used after this are, according to context, between & with. When the sense is less relationship or likeness than attraction or liking, to or for AFFIX 13 are sometimes used instead of with ; this should not be done ; in places where with is felt to be inappropriate, the truth is that affinity, which properly describes a reciprocal relationship only, has been used of a one-sided one, & should itself be replaced by another word.
Agio. PI. -os ; see -O(E)S 4. agitate makes agitable ; see -ABLE 1. ago. If ago is used, & the event to be dated is given by a clause, it must be by one beginning with that & not since. / Yet it is only just over sixty years ago, as an article in the new edition of the ' Encyclopaedia Britannica ' reminds us, since facilities for cheap travel were first introduced. For similar mistakes, see HAZINESS. agrements. See FRENCH WORDS. agricultur(al)ist. See -IST. aide-de-camp. See FRENCH WORDS. aiguille.