Side Lights by Grant Allen

with James Runciman.

Author: Grant Allen
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,644 / 200 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59
LoC Category: P

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Genres: Language, Non-fiction

fy, this fact is sufficient to condemn them unread. For of all fools the most incorrigible is surely the conventional critic who judges literary wares not by their intrinsic merit or demerit, but by the periodical in which they first saw the light. The same author may write in the same day two articles, putting his best work and thought into each, but if he sends one to The Saturday Review and the other to The Family Herald, those who relish and admire his writing in-the former would regard it as little less than a betise to suggest that the companion article in The Family Herald could be anything but miserable commonplace, which no one with any reputation to lose in “literary circles” would venture to read. The same arrogance of ignorance is observable in the supercilious way in which many men speak of the articles appearing in other penny miscellanies of popular literature. They richly deserve the punishment which Mr. Runciman reminds us Sir Walter Scott inflicted upon so

Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes by Garrick Mallery

Author: Garrick Mallery
Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 121,866 / 386 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.2
LoC Category: P

Downloads: 776
Added to site: 2006.01.04 10897
Genre: Language

he large number of corporeal gestures expressing intellectual operations require and admit of more variety and conventionality. Thus the features and the body among all mankind act almost uniformly in exhibiting fear, grief, surprise, and shame, but all objective conceptions are varied and variously portrayed. Even such simple indications as those for “no” and “yes” appear in several differing motions. While, therefore, the terms sign language and gesture speech necessarily include and suppose facial expression when emotions are in question, they refer more particularly to corporeal motions and attitudes. For this reason much of the valuable contribution of DARWIN in his Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals is not directly applicable to sign language. His analysis of emotional gestures into those explained on the principles of serviceable associated habits, of antithesis, and of the constitution of the nervous system, should, nevertheless, always be remembered. Even if it does not strictly e

English As We Speak It in Ireland by P.W. Joyce

This book deals with the Dialect of the English Language that is spoken inIreland.As the Life of a people–according to our motto–is pictured in theirspeech, our picture ought to be a good one, for two languages wereconcerned in it–Irish and English.

Author: P.W. Joyce
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 98,385 / 299 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.5
LoC Category: PE

Downloads: 1,459
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Genre: Language

Coiner,’ ‘Tales of a Jury-room,’ &c.) than any other writer; and very near him come Charles Kickham (in ‘Knocknagow’), Crofton Croker (in ‘Fairy Legends’) and Edward Walsh. These four writers almost exhaust the dialect of the South of Ireland.

On the other hand Carleton gives us the Northern dialect very fully, especially that of Tyrone and eastern Ulster; but he has very little idiom, the peculiarities he has preserved being chiefly in vocabulary and pronunciation.

Mr. Seumas MacManus has in his books faithfully pictured the dialect of Donegal (of which he is a native) and of all north-west Ulster.

In the importation of Irish idiom into English, Irish writers of the present day are also making their influence felt, for I often come across a startling Irish expression (in English words of course) in some English magazine article, obviously written by one of my fellow-countrymen. Here I ought to remark that they do this with discretion and common sense, for they always make sure that

English as She is Wrote by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,377 / 46 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.8
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 3,813
Added to site: 2008.06.30 21374

Genre: Language

and Crumpets and Straw berry with a scim milk, because I can’t get no cream. N. B. Shuse and Boots mended very well.”

An Irish inn exhibits the following in large type:

“Within this hive we’re all alive, With whiskey sweet as honey; If you are dry, step in and try, But don’t forget your money.”

An inn near London displays a board with the following inscription:

Call–Softly, Drink Moderately, Pay Honourably; Be good Company, Part FRIENDLY, Go HOME quietly. Let those lines be no MAN’S sorrow, Pay to DAY and i’ll TRUST tomorrow.”


For Epitaphs.

A terse account of an untimely end is given upon a stone in a Mexican church-yard:

“He was young, he was fair But the Injuns raised his hair.”

The following may be read upon the tombstone of Lottie Merrill, the young huntress of Wayne County, Pennsylvania: “Lottie Merrill lays hear she dident know wot it wuz to be afeered but she has hed her last tussel with the bars and t

Selections from Viri Romae by Various Authors

The results of classical study most valuable to the character are surely not to be found in the ability, usually lost after a few years, to recite paradigms faultlessly, to give the principal parts of verbs, and to enumerate the various kinds of cum-constructions and the subdivisions of the ablative. Of far greater worth are the mental breadth and sympathy, the weakening of prejudice and Philistinism, and the increased power of entering into higher forms of enjoyment which must inevitably flow from the study of the life of a great people as revealed in its literature and art.

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1896
Language: Latin
Wordcount: 123,313 / 504 pg
LoC Category: PA

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Genre: Language

the act was we know also exactly why it was performed. The Latin thus pictures the parts of the scene in their true order, for the motive in every case precedes the act. We see therefore that, however strange at times the Latin order may seem to be, there is always good reason for it. It is our task at the outset, as it soon will be our pleasure, to determine just what this reason is.

Now this freer order of words in the Latin sentence is rendered possible by the fact that Latin possesses an elaborate inflectional system, whereas English does not. Note, however, that one familiar with Latin declensions would know at once that in the first sentence discussed above Proca was actor (i.e. subject), and Numitor and Amulius acted upon (i.e. object). So in the sentence ut . . . fêcit it is clear that Amulius is the actor and that Rhea Silvia is acted upon. Thus the inflectional system serves to relieve, in part at least, the very difficulty which

Shakespeare’s England by William Winter

Author: William Winter
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,082 / 166 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.2
LoC Category: DA

Downloads: 917
Added to site: 2011.07.08 30348
Genre: Language

hich it is forever enwrapped. At night its surging billows are furrowed with long streaks of phosphorescent fire; or, it may be, the waves roll gently, under the soft light of stars; or all the waste is dim, save where, beneath the moon, a glorious pathway, broadening out to the far horizon, allures and points to heaven. One of the most exquisite delights of the voyage, whether by day or night, is to lie upon the deck in some secluded spot, and look up at the tall, tapering spars as they sway with the motion of the ship, while over them the white clouds float, in ever-changing shapes, or the starry constellations drift, in their eternal march. No need now of books, or newspapers, or talk! The eyes are fed by every object they behold. The great ship, with all her white wings spread, careening like a tiny sail-boat, dips and rises, with sinuous, stately grace. The clank of her engines–fit type of steadfast industry and purpose–goes steadily on. The song of the sailors–“Give me some time to blow the man down”

Every-Day Errors of Speech by L.P. Meredith

Author: L.P. Meredith
Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,007 / 107 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.4
LoC Category: P

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Added to site: 2010.05.20 27827
Genre: Language

em>, busted and busting.


=Calculate= is often inappropriately used in lieu of believe, suppose, expect, etc., as in the following sentences: “I calculate you are my friend;” “I calculate the report is true.” Still worse than this passive misuse is that active one of using the word in some such sense as this: “Doctor, I know that you are a man of great intelligence and I have unlimited confidence in your honor and ability; but I must say that I think the course of treatment pursued by you during this epidemic, is calculated to increase the mortality among your patients.” How inconsistent with the encomium is the dreadful accusation just following! As if the Doctor had sat down and calculated how he could cause injury rather than benefit. Calculate means to ascertain by means of figures or to study what means must be used to secure a certain result. A person may make a speech, write a book, or do anything else

Selected English Letters by Various Authors

Into such an anthology the ordinary reader prefers to dip at random, looking for old friends or new faces, and has his reward. But if he is resolute to read letters in chronological order, he will also, we hope, find in our selection some trace of the development of the Epistolary art, as, rising through earlier naiveties and formalities to the grace and bel air of the great Augustans, it slides into the freer, if less dignified, utterance of an age which, startled by cries of ‘Equality’ at its birth, has concerned itself less with form than with individuality and sincerity of expression. (Arranged by M. Duckitt & H. Wragg.)

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 125,568 / 351 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.2
LoC Category: D

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Added to site: 2004.07.03 8652
Genres: History, Language

g such a pupil, and happier still you, in having such a tutor … I ask two things of you, my dear Elmar, for I suppose you will read this letter, that you will persuade the Lady Jane to write me a letter in Greek as soon as possible; for she promised she would do so … I have also lately written to John Sturm, and told him that she had promised. Take care that I get a letter soon from her as well as from you. It is a long way for letters to come, but John Hales will be a most convenient letter-carrier and bring them safely….


An offer of assistance

[London], 15 Jan. 1554.

Your remarkable love of virtue and zeal for learning, most illustrious lady, joined with such talents and perseverance, are worthy of great praise in themselves, and greater still because you are a woman, but greatest of all because you are a lady of the court; where there are many other occupations for ladies, besides learning, and many other pleasures besides the practice of the virtues