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By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

ISBN-10: 0191571199

ISBN-13: 9780191571190

ISBN-10: 0199535345

ISBN-13: 9780199535347

No ebook 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 proper use of English by way of number of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his company critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the attempt of time and continues to be thought of by means of many to be the simplest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this loved paintings, improved with a brand new advent through considered one of modern day prime specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of pleasing examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's acceptance and his position within the heritage of linguistic inspiration. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk notice and lots of of his entries show a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even supposing the publication 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 from time to time to exasperation through the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually short of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the easiest assistance for them.... He may possibly shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're truly going to be beaten."
within the concluding portion of the ebook, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a latest standpoint on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Nineteen Twenties. This intriguing and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will pride every person drawn to language

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Le Mesurier joins Henry as a collaborator. 1932 His brother Arthur joins Henry as a collaborator. 1933 Publication of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary; dies 26 December from pneumonia following influenza. Historical and Cultural Background General Strike in Britain; BBC establishes its Advisory Committee on Spoken English. First talking film, Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer Publication of the Oxford English Dictionary. Stock market crash in USA. A. CANTAB. WHO SHARED WITH ME THE PLANNING OF THIS BOOK, BUT DID NOT LIVE TO SHARE THE WRITING.

The first form is recommended ; see JE, CE. aery, aerie, eyry, eyrie. The first two forms are preferable to the others, which according to the OED & Professor Skeat are due to a theory of the derivation (from egg ; eyry = eggery) that is known (though the ultimate origin of aery is doubtful) to be wrong. aesthetic. The word, which means etymologically concerned with sensuous perception, was introduced into English to supply sense of beauty with an adjective. It is in place in such contexts as a.

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.

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