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By H. W. Fowler

ISBN-10: 0199535345

ISBN-13: 9780199535347

No e-book had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English utilization. It quickly grew to become the traditional paintings of reference for the proper use of English by way of collection 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 remains to be thought of via many to be the easiest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this cherished paintings, improved with a brand new creation by way of one among today's major specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of enjoyable examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's popularity and his position within the background of linguistic suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, used to be way more subtle 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 booklet 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 via the infelicities of his wayward students, yet consistently in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest assistance for them.... He could shake his stick at us, yet we by no means suppose we're truly going to be beaten."
In the concluding component of the e-book, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a latest point of view on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Twenties. This fascinating 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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See FRENCH WORDS. affect, effect. These verbs are not synonyms requiring differentiation, but words of totally different meaning, neither of which can ever be substituted for the other. Affect (apart from other senses in which it is not liable to confusion with effect) means have an influence on, produce an effect on, concern, effect a change in : effect means bring about, cause, produce, result in, have as result. These measures chiefly a. the great landowners. It does not a. me. It may seriously a.

In contexts that do admit of ABLATIVELY. doubt, it may be said generally that aeharnement. See FRENCH WORDS. action tends to displace act. If we ache, the letter. See AITCH. were making the phrases for the acid test. See POPULARIZED TECH- first time now, we should probably NICALITIES. prefer action in Through God will we acknowledgement). For pronun- do great acts, The Acts of the ciation see KNOWLEDGE. For -dg(e)- Apostles, By the act of God, Be ment see JUDGEMENT. great in act as you have been in acoustic.

Man attains happiness or not according as he deserves it or not (right), according as he deserves it or does not deserve it (right), according as he deserves it or according as he does not deserve it (wrong), according as he deserves it or according as he can digest his food (right). accouchement &c. See FRENCH WORDS. account. Unlike regard, & like consider, this verb does not in good modern usage admit of as before its complement; / account it a piece of ACCOUTRE good fortune; you are accounted wise or a wise man.

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