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A.A. Knopf, 1921 - 375 pàgines

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Pàgina 24 - In the first place, it will hardly be denied in any quarter that the speech of the United States is quite unlike that of Great Britain, in the important particular that here we have no dialects.
Pàgina 120 - And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend Suspect I may, yet not directly tell; But being both from me, both to each friend, I guess one angel in another's hell. Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt, Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
Pàgina 55 - Let the English remove the beam from their own eye, before they attempt to pull the mote from ours; and before they laugh at our vulgar keow, geown, neow, let them discard their polite keind, and geuide ; a fault precisely similar in origin, and equally a perversion of genuine English pronunciation.
Pàgina 29 - a remarkable fact that the English spoken in America is not only very pure, but also is spoken with equal purity by all classes. . . . The language in every man's mouth...
Pàgina 54 - I do not mean, that so great a deviation has taken place, as to have rendered any considerable part of our language unintelligible to Englishmen; but merely, that so many corruptions have crept into our English...
Pàgina 72 - And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
Pàgina 51 - Let us then, for a moment, imagine the time to have arrived, when Americans shall no longer be able to understand the works of Milton, Pope, Swift, Addison, and other English authors, justly styled classic, without the aid of a translation into a language that is to be called, at some future day, the American tongue ! By such a change, it is true, our loss would not be so great in works purely scientific, as in those which are usually termed works of taste ; for the obvious reason, that the design...
Pàgina 52 - ... various living languages. Nor is this the only view in which a radical change of language would be an evil. To say nothing of the facilities afforded by a common language in the ordinary intercourse of business, it should not be forgotten, that our religion and our laws are studied in the language of the nation, from which we are descended...
Pàgina 13 - Letters," the English of which is not much worse than that of ninety-nine out of every hundred of his college-bred compatriots, will very soon become aware to what degree the art of writing our language has declined among educated Americans.
Pàgina 224 - ... special bright; and by no means first-rate; and not at all tonguey (or disposed for conversation) ; and that however rowdy you may be by natur', it does use you up com-plete, and that's a fact; and makes you quake considerable, and disposed toe damn the engine !—All of which phrases, I beg to add, are pure Americanisms of the first water.

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