A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
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Over 75 years old, this classic text has become the standard work on the correct but natural use of English and has ensured that Fowler is a household name. Written in Fowler's inimitable style, it gives clear guidance on usage, word formation, inflexion, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, and typography. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands of alphabetically-arranged entries, offering advice and background information on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary style.
Witty and practical, and renowned for its authority, Fowler's Modern English Usage remains an invaluable guide to the English language. The first place to turn for sensible advice on the thorny issues of grammar, meaning, and pronunciation, "Fowler" is one of those rare reference books that can also be read simply for pleasure.
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docile. The OED pronounces dô'sil or do'sil, with preference to the first, which has since become the only current pronunciation in Britain. See -ILE. doctor. See PHYSICIAN. doct(o)ress. See FEMININE DESIGNATIONS. doctrinal. In Britain the pronunciation doktn'nal seems to be making strong headway against do'ktrïnal which is preferred by most dictionaries and is standard U.S. See FALSE QUANTITY a n d RECESSIVE ACCENT. document. It is sometimes forgotten that the word includes more than the
far to translate words into action. Thar is not, in their e., playing the Parliamentary game. estop 170 cthic(al) ethic(al), ethics. 1. ethic dative. estop is a useful word so long as it is 2. ethic, ethics. 3. ethics, number. restricted to its proper sense; to give it a wider one betrays either ignorance 4. ethics, morals. 5. ethical, moral. or pedantry. The proper (legal) sense 1. ethic dative. Ethic has now been is (in the passive) 'to be precluded by almost displaced as an adjective by
field of operation of a word or phrase, e.g. an adverb He needs more suitable companions', I or a participle His dogs might sometimes come to resemble the frightened and exhausted rabbit who in the end walks towards the stoat seeking to devour him; / or a relative or other subordinate clause / accused him of having violated the principles of concentration of force which had resulted in his present failures', f The child has not yet learnt to express a thoughtfully and clearly, so that only one
two respects: banisters are commonly compared is present to the mind, a wood and indoors and balusters stone and outside; and banisters is used of SLIPSHOD EXTENSION. We may fairly say 'you may keep the balance', be- the complete structure of uprights and what they support and balusters is not; cause the amount due and the amount that more than covers it suggest com- balustrade is the word for that. banal 48 banal, banality. These were imported from France by a class of writers whose jaded
differentiated from it with the sense bank-draft, check in this sense being chiefly American. chequer chequer, checker. The first spelling is very much commoner in Britain for both the noun and the verb. The U.S. game checkers is the British draughts. cherub, cherubic. Cherub has pi. cherubim chiefly when the Cherubim are spoken of as a celestial order; cherubims is wrong; in figurative use cherubs is usual. Cherubic is pronounced chërôô'bic. chevalier d'industrie. The expression is not, as one