A Grammatical Corrector, Or, Vocabulary of the Common Errors of Speech: Being a Collection of Nearly Two Thousand Barbarisms, Cant Phrases, Colloquialisms, Quaint Expressions, Provincialisms, False Pronunciation, Perversions, Misapplication of Terms, and Other Kindred Errors of the English Language, Peculiar to the Different States of the Union : the Whole Explained, Corrected, and Conveniently Arranged for the Use of Schools and Private Individuals

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E.H. Butler & Company, 1848 - English language - 124 pages
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Page 64 - My sentence is for open war : of wiles, More unexpert , I boast not : them let those Contrive who need , or when they need , not now. For while they sit contriving , shall the rest, Millions that stand in arms...
Page 44 - Expected to have found him," is irreconcilable alike to grammar and to sense. Indeed, all verbs expressive of hope, desire, intention, or command, must invariably be followed by the present, and not the perfect of the infinitive. Every person would perceive an error in this expression ; " It is long since I commanded him to have done it:" Yet "expected to have found,
Page 48 - The corn that is laid up by ants, would shoot under ground, if those insects did not take care to prevent it. They bite off all the buds before they lay it up ; and, therefore, the corn that has lain in their nests will produce nothing. Any one may easily make this experiment, and even plainly see that there is no bud in their corn. But though the bud be bitten off, there remains another inconvenience, that corn...
Page 49 - Go, from the creatures thy instructions take: Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield ; Learn from the beasts the physic of the field; Thy arts of building from the bee receive ; Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave; Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
Page 112 - But since every language is so full of its own proprieties, that what is beautiful in one, is often barbarous, nay sometimes nonsense in another, it would be unreasonable to limit a translator to the narrow compass of his author's words : it is enough if he choose out some expression which does not vitiate the sense.
Page 60 - What is that mother ? The eagle, boy ! Proudly careering his course of joy, Firm, on his own mountain vigour relying, Breasting the dark storm, the red bolt defying ; His wing on the wind, and his eye on the sun, He swerves not a hair, but bears onward, right on. Boy, may the eagle's flight ever be thine, Onward and upward, and true to the line.
Page 39 - Pretty ! in amber to observe the forms Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms ! The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there.
Page 51 - LICK. A salt spring is called a lick, from the earth about it being furrowed out in a most curious manner, by the buffalo and deer, which lick the earth on account of the saline particles with which it is impregnated.
Page i - GRAMMATICAL CORRECTOR. A Grammatical Corrector, or Vocabulary of the Common Errors of Speech being a collection of nearly two thousand barbarisms, cant phrases, colloquialisms, quaint expressions, provincialisms, false pronunciations, perversions, misapplication of terms, and other kindred errors of the English Language, peculiar to the different States of the Union. The whole explained, corrected, and conveniently arranged, for the use of Schools and Private Individuals. By SETH T.
Page 101 - ... set upon him while he slept at noon in his tent, and slew both him and his son, whom he had made his partner in the empire, without any opposition.

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