By H. W. Fowler
No booklet had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English utilization. It speedily grew to become the normal paintings of reference for the right kind use of English by way of number of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his company evaluations, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and continues to be thought of through many to be the simplest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this loved paintings, more suitable with a brand new creation via one in every of today's best specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of interesting examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the historical past of linguistic proposal. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk detect and lots of of his entries exhibit a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any glossy 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 by means of the infelicities of his wayward scholars, yet continually in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest assistance for them.... He may well shake his stick at us, yet we by no means suppose we're really going to be beaten."
In the concluding portion of the booklet, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a contemporary viewpoint on them, and exhibits how English has replaced because the Nineteen Twenties. This interesting 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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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.
To take a single example in detail, no-one but a competent philologist can tell whether reasonable comes from the verb or the noun reason, nor whether its original sense was that can be reasoned out, or that can reason, or that can be reasoned with, or that has reason, or that listens to reason, or that is consistent with reason ; the ordinary man knows only that it can now mean any of these, & justifiably bases on these & similar facts -a generous view of the termination's capabilities; credible meaning for him worthy of credence, why should not reliable & dependable mean worthy of reliance & dependence ?
Administratrix. For pi. see -TBIX. admirable. See POSITIVE WORDS. admiredly. A bad form; see -EDLY. admission, -ittanee, -issible, -ittable. Of the nouns, admission is used in all senses (No admittance except on business is perhaps the only phrase in which the substitution of admission would be noticed), while admittance is confined to the primary sense of letting in, & even in that sense tends to disappear. You have to pay for admission is now commoner than for admittance, & so with What is needed is the admission of outside air; admission 6d.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler