By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson
No e-book had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English Usage. It quickly turned the normal paintings of reference for the proper use of English by way of collection of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his company critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the attempt of time and remains to be thought of by means of many to be the simplest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this liked paintings, more suitable with a brand new creation via certainly one of modern-day prime specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of exciting examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's popularity and his position within the historical past of linguistic idea. Fowler, Crystal issues out, used to be way more refined in his research of language than most folks discover and plenty of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even though the publication is stuffed with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is generally clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed every now and then to exasperation via the infelicities of his wayward scholars, yet continuously in need of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the easiest counsel for them.... He may well shake his stick at us, yet we by no means suppose we're truly going to be beaten."
within the concluding element of the publication, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a latest standpoint on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Nineteen Twenties. This fascinating and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will pride each person drawn to language
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There are no contexts in which advancement can be substituted for advance without damage to or change in the sense ; in the following sentence advance should have been written :—It will not be by the setting of class against class that advancement will be made. It is true that both words can be used as verbal nouns of to advance ; but advance represents its intransitive & advancement its transitive sense ; the advance of knowledge is the way knowledge is advancing, whereas the advancement of knowledge is action taken to advance knowledge.
When one penetrates below the surface. aforesaid. See PEDANTIC HUMOUR. a fortiori. See TECHNICAL TERMS. afterward(s). S. age. For synonymy see TIME. aged. A. , ajd ; an a. , a'jid. agenda. If a singular is required (=one item of the agenda) it is now agendum, the former singular agend being obsolete. agent provocateur. See FRENCH WORDS. aggrandize(ment). The accent of the verb is on the first & of the noun on the second syllable. See RECESSIVE ACCENT. aggravate, aggravation. 1. The use of these in the sense annoy, vex, annoyance, vexation, should be left to the uneducated.
In poetry alarum may still bear any of the senses except that of fear or apprehension ; but in ordinary use it is restricted to the senses of alarmsignal, warning-signal, or clock or other apparatus that gives these.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition by Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson