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accent adjectives ancient animal applied Belonging bird body called cause chap'-man Chaucer colour common Compare compounds consonant corruption costive derived digraph diphthong distinct dress English English compounds ensuing class figure French frequently give Greek noun ground heat hence heraldry horse instrument irregularity of sound j'oo kind language Latin verb letter liable Literally lower manner mark meaning Milton mode mtsh-un mute nature nouns substantive numbers refer obsolete old authors opposed Originally participle particularly person Pertaining plant plural precede the Dictionary prefix preterit principle pron pronounced pronunciation quantity regular sound relations resembling Saxon schemes sense Shaks ship signifying sort species spelling Spenser substance syllable termination thing tion Tlie unaccented utterance v. a. and n vessel vision vizh-un vocal vowel Want words not found writing
Page xxvi - There was a time when sovereign and comrade were always pronounced with the o as short u ; but since the former word has been the name of a current coin, the regular sound of the o has been getting into use, and bids fair to be completely established.
Page xl - Irishman; but the common standard dialect is that in which all marks of a particular place of birth and residence are lost and nothing appears to indicate any other habits of intercourse than with the well-bred and well-informed, wherever they may be found.
Page ix - ... with which an affected speaker minces the same word. Surely in a case like this, there can be no harm in avoiding the censure of both parties by shunning the extreme that offends the taste of each; and this medium sound in the case in question, may safely be affirmed to be the one actually in use among the best speakers wherever the letter a marked in this dictionary, as in Walker's, to be pronounced a, once had the sound aa.
Page xl - But a rustic or a cockney dialect meets not with the same quarter : and a man displaying either the one or the other, must have a large portion of natural talent or acquired science, who surmounts the prejudice it creates.
Page xi - there is no trill, but the tongue being curled back during the progress of the vowel preceding it, the sound becomes guttural...
Page x - ... affectation in a palpable effort to avoid it in words where its use seems at one time to have been general. In such cases, a medium between the extremes is the practice of the best speakers.
Page 48 - Banneret [Fr.], a knight made in the field, by the ceremony of cutting off the point of his standard, and making it, as it were, a banner. Knights so made are accounted so honourable that they are allowed to display their arms in the royal army, as barons do, and may bear arms with supporters. They rank next to barons ; and were sometimes called vexillarii.
Page xxxiii - Would you favour me?» there will be heard, in the transition from the d in would, to the j in you, an interposed sound of the vocal sh [rett. zh i pleasure]. It would indeed be possible to prevent the intrusion, but what the speaker would gain in accuracy by such care, he would lose in ease and fluency of transition. So likewise it is possible to preserve the pure sound of the t and d in nature and verdure; yet nothing is more certain than that they are not preserved pure by the best and most careful...
Page xxxi - ... common consent of orthoepists, and by general usage, to take the sound of z. Some speakers, however, pronounce sacrifice with the proper sound of c soft, and Smart countenances this pronunciation of it when used as a noun : yet he says it is ' the practice of most speakers [to pronounce it sacrifize~\, and according to this practice is the word marked in all former pronouncing dictionaries.
Page xi - That the trill of the tongue may be used wherever the following dictionary indicates the guttural vibration, is not denied ; but it cannot be used at such places without carrying to correct ears an impression of peculiar habits in the speaker, — either that he is foreign or provincial, Irish or Scotch, a copier of bad declaimers on the stage, or a speaker who in correcting one extreme has unwarily incurred another. The extreme amongst the vulgar in London doubtlessly is, to omit the r altogether...