Punctuation and improprieties of speech

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John W. Woods, 1856 - English language - 76 pages

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Page 24 - And does not Fame speak of me too ? Was there ever a bolder captain of a more valiant band ? Was there ever — but I scorn to boast.
Page 36 - A Word to the Wise, or HINTS ON THE CURRENT IMPROPRIETIES OF EXPRESSION IN WRITING AND SPEAKING. By PARRY GWYNNE. Thirteenth Thousand. 18mo, price Gd. sewed ; or is. cloth, gilt edges. " All who wish to mind their p's and cfs should consult this little volume.
Page 25 - Newton, whose mind burst forth from the fetters cast by nature upon our finite conceptions; Newton, whose science was truth, and the foundation of whose knowledge of it was philosophy, — not those visionary and arrogant presumptions which too often usurp its name, — but philosophy resting upon the basis of mathematics, which, like figures, cannot lie; Newton...
Page 64 - There is scarcely any thing which more distinguishes a person of poor education from a person of a good one, than the pronunciation of the unaccented vowels. When vowels are under the accent, the best speakers and the lowest of the people, with very few exceptions, pronounce them in the same manner ; but the unaccented vowels in the mouths of the former, have a distinct, open and specific sound, while the latter often totally sink them, or change them into some other sound.
Page 18 - Philosophers assert, that Nature is unlimited in her operations ; that she has inexhaustible treasures in reserve ; that knowledge will always be progressive ; and that all future generations will continue to make discoveries, of which we have not the least idea.
Page 23 - Pride in some particular disguise or other (often a secret to the proud man himself) is the most ordinary spring of action among men.
Page 18 - To give an early preference to honour above gain when they stand in competition to despise every advantage which cannot be attained without dishonest arts to brook no meanness and to stoop to no dissimulation are the indications of a great mind the presages of future eminence and usefulness in life.
Page 18 - It reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feeling, revives the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the spring-time of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human nature by vivid delineations of its tenderest and loftiest feelings...
Page 67 - A young man may talk recklessly of "lots of bargains," "lots of money," "lots of fellows," "lots of fun," &c. , but a lady may not. Men may indulge in any latitude of expression within the bounds of sense and decorum, but woman has a narrower range — even her mirth must be subjected to the rules of good taste. It may be naive, but must never be grotesque. It is not that we would have primness in the sex, but we would have refinement. Women are the purer and the more ornamental part of life, and...
Page 50 - Yahoo, to be construed as an objective, following the ancient rule that the verb to be takes the same case after it as before it?

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