What Is Good English? And Other Essays

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The Progress of " Fonetik Refawrm" THERE is in the city of New York a firm of publishers whose energetic optimism and tireless activities have always found the field of their nominal occupation to be prosaic, cramping, and ...
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The Progress of " Fonetik Refawrm" THERE is in the city of New York a firm of publishers whose energetic optimism and tireless activities have always found the field of their nominal occupation to be prosaic, cramping, and hopelessly commonplace. They do, indeed, occasionally publish books, or at least I have so understood; but the work which is the nearest to their hearts is the instant abolition of the traffic in strong drink, the universal reign of total abstinence, and the immediate elimination from the human breast of all desire for stimulants and nicotine. Yet, of course, a trifling task like this, so absurdly simple, and as easy as rolling off a log, has very naturally left these earnest gentlemen with a good deal of spare time upon their hands, and they have very often been in danger of becoming seriously bored ; so that, by way of filling in their idle moments and preventing any waste of power, they have lately taken up another bagatelle in setting modestly about the reformation of the English language, and more particularly of its orthography. Some time ago they made a list of words of which the current spelling troubled them; and after thinking very hard indeed, and after conferring with some other very wise and thoughtful persons, they tabulated and printed all these words and spelled them in a new and better way, a way that was more pleasing both to the earnest publishers themselves and to the wise and thoughtful persons with whom they had conferred. Then they sent a copy of thelist to many men throughout the length and breadth of our beloved country, — to authors, to teachers, to clergymen, to editors, to statesmen; and they announced that as soon as one hundred very eminent men should agree to adopt these new and better spellings, then the publishers who had mad...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781410214249
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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