A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ...: To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ... Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities; and Directions to Foreigners, for Acquiring a Knowledge of the Use of this Dictionary

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S. Stansbury, 1807 - English language - 962 pages

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Page 536 - So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throng By chance go right, they purposely go wrong; So schismatics the plain believers quit, And are but damn'd for having too much wit.
Page lxxxviii - No one can be a greater advocate than I am for the strictest adherence to orthography, as long as the public pronunciation pays the least attention to it...
Page 278 - The Ember days at the four Seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
Page 378 - London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called Grub-street" — , " lexicographer, a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.
Page 211 - tis in my custody. Oth. Ha! lago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy ; It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on : that cuckold lives in bliss Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger ; But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves ! Oth.
Page 315 - If chance the radiant sun with farewell sweet Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Page c - Walker's Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names.
Page viii - Graecism of the schools, will be denominated respectable usage, till a certain number of the general mass of speakers have acknowledged them ; nor will a multitude of common speakers authorize any pronunciation which is reprobated by the learned and polite.
Page cxv - The secondary accent is that stress which we may occasionally place upon another syllable, besides that which has the principal accent ; in order to pronounce every part of the word more distinctly, forcibly, and harmoniously : thus, "Complaisant, caravan," and " violin," have frequently an accent on the first as well as on the last syllable, though a somewhat less forcible one. The same may be observed of "Repartee, referee, privateer, domineer,
Page xx - ... best pronouncers of the English language. For though the pronunciation of London is certainly erroneous in many words, yet, upon being compared with that of any other place, it is undoubtedly the best; that is, not only the best by courtesy, and because it happens to be the pronunciation of the capital, but best by a better title; that of being more generally received...

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