By H. W. Fowler
No publication had extra impact on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English utilization. It speedily grew to become the traditional paintings of reference for the right kind use of English by way of collection 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 fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this loved paintings, more advantageous with a brand new creation through one among today's prime specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of wonderful examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition 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 folks discover and lots of of his entries show a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even if the booklet is stuffed 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 means of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continuously short of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the simplest suggestions for them.... He could shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're truly going to be beaten."
In the concluding element of the publication, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a contemporary 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 body attracted to language.
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There is a tendency to repeat the phrase (like BETWEEN), with a mistaken idea of making the construction clearer, in contexts where the repetition is not merely needless, but wrong. For instance, the second according as it should be omitted in The big production will be harmful or the reverse, according as it can command the Government to insure it a monopoly in all circumstances, or according as it works with the knowledge that, if it abuses its trust, the door is freely open to the competing products of other countries.
For similar mistakes, see HAZINESS. agrements. See FRENCH WORDS. agricultur(al)ist. See -IST. aide-de-camp. See FRENCH WORDS. aiguille. See FRENCH WORDS. aim. The verb in the metaphorical sense of purpose or design or endeavour is idiomatically followed by at with the gerund & not by to with the infinitive. Probably no-one will doubt this who sees the two constructions side by side :—he aimed at being, he aimed to be, the power behind the throne ; arguments are aimed to produce, arguments are aimed at producing, conviction ; what do you aim at doing ?
Glimmerings of such a royally suggested even when not royally edited an institution are to be traced (even . edited being parenthetic, we get such a royally suggested an institution). a-, an-, not or without, should be prefixed only to Greek stems ; of such compounds there are some hundreds, whereas Latin-stemmed words having any currency even in scientific use do not perhaps exceed four. There are the botanical acapsular & acaulous, the biological asexual, & the literary amoral. The last, being literary, is inexcusable, & non-moral should be used instead.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler