The Elements of Rhetoric and Composition by Ashley Horace ThorndikeThe Elements of Rhetoric and Composition by Ashley Horace Thorndike

The Elements of Rhetoric and Composition

byAshley Horace Thorndike

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXII GOOD USE i. In the second chapter of this book it was stated that rhetoric has its foundation in grammar and a correct use of words. Throughout the book it has been taken for granted that the student was trying to write good English, free from foreign or vulgar words or incorrect grammar. In composing words into sentences, paragraphs, and whole compositions, we have, indeed, found that we cannot use whatever words we please in any way we please, but that we are always limited by a fourth principle, that of Good Use. By this principle of Good Use we mean that in trying to make other people understand us, we must accept the standards which they accept, we must in our choice and arrangement of words be guided by the grammars, and the dictionaries, by the usage of the best writers. We may now determine just what is Good Use, how extensive is its operation, and what words and constructions it forbids. 2. Good Use is not fixed but changing, just as our language is changing. What is slang to-day may be used by the best writers of the next generation. Words and constructions which our ancestors were familiar with may be unknown to most of us. Good Use is not, therefore, based simply on the history of the language. A knowledge of the derivation and history of words is very helpful in the correct use of words, but words of good Anglo-Saxon derivation used in Shakespeare and the English Bible may be obsolete to-day, while new-comers of no very respectable lineage may be in good repute. Good Use, again, is not based on the use of the bookish and fastidious. Careful and fastidious writers often protest in vain against homely and inexact constructions which prove their fitness by their survival. Good Use, again, is not limited by grammar, for idiomatic expre...
Title:The Elements of Rhetoric and CompositionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217796486

ISBN - 13:9780217796484

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