Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language by Richard Grant White

Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language

byRichard Grant White

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. MISUSED WORDS. THE right use of words is not a matter to be left to pedants and pedagogues. It belongs to the daily life of every man. The misuse of words confuses ideas, and impairs the value of language as a medium of communication. Hence loss of time, of money, and sore trial of patience. It is significant that we call a quarrel a misunderstanding. How many lawsuits have ruined both plaintiff and defendant, how many business connections have been severed, how many friendships broken, because two men gave to one word different meanings! The power of language to convey one man's thoughts and purposes to another, is in direct proportion to a common consent as to the meaning of words. The moment divergence begins, the value of language is impaired; and it is impaired just in proportion to the divergence, or to the uncertainty :>f consent. It has been told, as evidence of the richness of certain Eastern languages, that they have one thousand words, more or less, for the sword, and at least one hundred for the horse. But this, unless the people who use these languages have a thousand kinds of swords and a hundred kinds of horses, is no proof of wealth in that which makei the real worth of language. A highly c.*>'ili7ed and cultivated people having a language adequate, to their wants will be rich in words, because they will need names for man} thoughts, and many acts, and many things. Parsimony in this respect is a sign, not of prudence, but of poverty. Juliana, passing her honeymoon in the cottage to which her ducal bridegroom leads her, flouts nis assurance that the furniture is useful, with the reply, conveying a sneer at his supposed poverty, "Exceeding useful; there's not a piece on't but serves twenty purposes." So, when we find in a ...

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Title:Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217656641

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