Every-Day Words and Their Uses; A Guide to Correct Diction

 
9780217714471: Every-Day Words and Their Uses; A Guide to Correct Diction
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... r Admire. Admire with the infinitive, as, "I think I should admire To sit and dawdle over old Montaigne before the fire," is obsolete in good usage. In present usage it appears only in dialect and jokes. Admit. In figurative senses in which admit means lo allow a matter to enter into any relation to thought or action, as acknowledge, concede, as, "We admit of no rivals in splendor," "The question does not admit of discussion," admit is followed by of. The phrase may possibly be elliptical for "admit the existence of," at all events, it seems not to be used where some such expression would not apply. See Allow and Of. Adopt. In such a sentence as "He adopted a new course of action," adopt ought to mean, take over as one's own what was formerly another's. This sense has become weakened till the word is now legitimately used to mean merely to take as one's own. Adore. See Like. Advantage. When advantage means a state of forwardness in comparison with others, advantages cannot logically be spoken of as equal. In the sense of benefit or improvement,--and this is now an accepted meaning of the word,--we may speak of "equal advantages." ·Advent. "Again we were interrupted; this time by the advent of my trunk." The word is correctly used here if it is meant for a joke; an epoch-making arrival. Affable. This word is defined as, Easy of conversation or address; civil and courteous in receiving and responding to the conversation and address'of others, especially inferiors or equals. The tendency is to restrict the use of the word to the attitude of superiors to inferiors. Affect and Effect. Affect means have an influence (or effect) on; effect means to accomplish. We may affect a purpose by influencing (usually changing) it; or effect it by accomplishing or fulfillin...

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