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By H. W. Fowler

ISBN-10: 0198691157

ISBN-13: 9780198691150

Over seventy five years previous, this vintage textual content has develop into the normal paintings at the right yet average use of English and has ensured that Fowler is a family identify. Written in Fowler's inimitable type, it provides transparent suggestions on utilization, be aware formation, inflexion, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, and typography. Rewritten, up to date, and elevated take into consideration the big linguistic alterations of the prior three-quarters of a century, listed below are hundreds of thousands of alphabetically-arranged entries, providing suggestion and historical past info on all points of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary sort. Witty and functional, and popular for its authority, Fowler's smooth English utilization is still a useful consultant to the English language. the 1st position to show for brilliant suggestion at the thorny problems with grammar, which means, and pronunciation, "Fowler" is a kind of infrequent reference books that may even be learn easily for excitement. This new version contains an creation by way of Simon Winchester, which provides the booklet a contemporary point of view and confirms its value in literature.

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Alarum is by origin merely a variant of alarm, and the two nouns were formerly used without distinction in all senses. Later alarum was restricted to the senses of alarmsignal, warning-signal, or clock or other alibi apparatus that gives these. This being a clear and useful differentiation, it is to be regretted that it should have not been maintained : alarum survives only for the clock (even there fighting a losing battle with alarm clock) and in the jocular use of old stage-direction alarums and excursions.

The use of plurals in -ae therefore presents some difficulty to non-latinists. For most words with which -ae is possible or desirable the information is given in their dictionary places; for the principle of choice when both -ae and -as are current see LATIN PLURALS I , 3ae, ce. These ligatures (see DIGRAPH), of which the pronunciation is identical (ë), are also in some founts of type so much alike that compositors often use aeroone for the other and unlearned readers have their difficulties with spelling increased.

E. chiefly (as a noun) of persons and (as an adjective) of persons or their actions {he was an accessary, if not the principal; the accessaries also were punished', this course has made us accessary to the crime; was guilty of accessary action). Accessory has no such implication of consent, and, though it includes the notion of contributing to a result, emphasizes especially the subordinate nature of the contribution; it is applied chiefly to things {the accessory details of the picture; that is only an accessory, an unessential feature; the accessories, the not indispensable accompaniments).

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