By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson
No publication had extra impression on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English Usage. It quickly turned the traditional paintings of reference for the right kind use of English when it comes to number of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise reviews, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and continues to be thought of by way of many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this liked paintings, greater with a brand new creation by way of certainly one of modern day best specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of unique examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the background of linguistic suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, used to be 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 if the booklet is filled 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 by means of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually short of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the easiest assistance for them.... He may possibly shake his stick at us, yet we by no means consider we're really going to be beaten."
within the concluding element of the ebook, 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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2. g. There being no clear evidence against him, & he (not him) denying the charge, we could do nothing. There is little danger of the rule's being broken except where a pronoun stands as complement; though no-one would write me being the person responsible, the form the person responsible being 1 is likely to be shrunk from ; me is ungrammatical & should not be used except colloquially ; myself is usually possible, but not always. , passed into a preposition, & whom failing is a confusion between the two right forms.
See -ION & -NESS. ablatively, ablativally, &c. Adverbs from the names of grammatical cases are best formed in -ively. There is no doubt about the names used in modern English grammar ; everyone would say subjectively, objectively, & possessively. And, though the Latin case-names have adjectives in -ival, as datival, it will be admitted that ' used vocativally' at any rate is hardly tolerable, that none of the forms in -ively is very objectionable, & that it is worth while to secure consistency.
Accepter, -or. See -OR. accept of. This, formerly used almost as widely as the simple verb, is now restricted to the meaning consent to receive as a gift or benefit or possession. We can still accept of a gift or favour, of a person's love or hand or company, of a brace of grouse, & the like, though even these phrases tend to become archaic. But a theory, an emendation, advice, an apology, a ruling, a challenge, we only accept. access, accession. There are probably, in modern usage, no contexts in which one of these can be substituted for the other without the meaning's being modified.