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In the News (Wed 17 Jul 19)

 Eric Messick
The modern day usage of shall and will is the exact opposite of its original definition in most contexts.
Fowler’s Dictionary also states that the original meaning of will is defined as an "implication of intention, volition or choice".
According to Fowlers, there are many examples in which shall and will do not follow their definition based on the rule.
www.hfac.uh.edu /English/classes/GU4322/items/shall.html   (939 words)

 Fowler\'s Modern English Usage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
'''''Fowler's Modern English Usage''''', often referred to simply as Fowler, is a style guide to British English usage.
Fowler covers in detail many vexed issues of usage, from plurals and literary techniques to distinctions between similar words and the Usage of foreign terms.
Henry W. Fowler concentrated on British usage, and set the standard for all Usage books to follow.
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 Amazon.com: The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (New Fowler's Modern English Usage, 3rd Ed): Books: H. W. Fowler,R. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
I can but concur that while Fowler's Modern English Usage is the outstanding, seminal work on the conventions, structure and usage of English, it is the second and not the third edition that lovers of English should buy.
And if you want to see why Fowler is such a marvellous source of reference and learning, read (in the second edition) his clear and authoritative exposition of the difference, which is now rarely understood, between a gerund and a participle.
Nonetheless, 80 years is a long time to retain the word "modern" in the title of a book, and clearly the examples from newspapers of the first quarter of the 20th century have lost most of their currency, and even the examples from the literature of Fowler's period have aged as well.
www.amazon.com /Fowlers-Modern-English-Usage-3rd/dp/0198602634   (2713 words)

 Amazon.com: Oxford Fowler's Modern English Usage Dictionary: Books: H. W. Fowler,Ernest Gowers,Sir Ernest Gowers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Part of it is because Fowler's reputation only grew after his death as several generations of writers sang his praises and adhered to, or sometimes fussed about, his many dicta on usage questions both great and small.
What Fowler knew and preached was that before we could presume to be literary artists or journalists or even authors of readable letters we must of necessity, if we are to be effective, be craftsmen.
That belief along with Fowler's celebrated passion for the concise and the correct, and his intolerance of ignorance and humbug, coupled with his sometimes incomparable expression, long ago won him the undying respect and admiration of careful writers of the English language the world over.
www.amazon.com /Oxford-Fowlers-Modern-English-Dictionary/dp/0192813897   (2650 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd Edition): Books: H.W. Fowler,R.W. Burchfield (via CobWeb/3.1 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Fowler's Modern English Usage is a household name in the English-speaking world.
The problem with this approach is that in a usage book the entire point is to make distinctions between what is acceptable and what is not, between what is effective and what is not.
Be that as it may, this, "The New Fowler's Modern English", is bloated, tedious, clumsily written, and deadly dull--constantly belaboring the obvious.
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 Amazon.ca: The King's English: An Essential Guide to Written English: Books: Henry Watson Fowler,F. G. Fowler,H. W. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Twenty years earlier, however, Fowler and his younger brother F.G. (their given names were Henry Watson and Francis George) had collaborated on a precursor, "The King's English," first published in 1906 (and which went into its third edition a quarter century later, a few years after the first edition of "A Dictionary" appeared).
The Fowlers write with every bit as much elegance, flair, and humor as they advise their readers to use, and their mastery of their subject is unsurpassed.
"The King's English" has stood the test of time and, today, a century after its initial publication, it still stands the Fowler brothers with Strunk and White from half a century ago and Bryan Garner of today in the first rank of authors about style and usage in the English language.
www.amazon.ca /Kings-English-Essential-Guide-Written/dp/0198813309   (515 words)

 Amazon.de: New Fowler's Modern English Usage Revised: English Books: Henry Watson Fowler,H. W. Fowler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Some language (and Fowler) purists complain that the book is too liberal at times, noting that usage is common as opposed to correct.
Ernest Gower, as editor of the second edition of Henry Fowler's "Modern English Usage" ("The New Fowler's Modern English" is being marketed as the third), made modest stylistically and logically consistent changes in order to honestly update the original.
Fans of Fowler will be greatly disappointed by this book, which seems to include nothing written by Fowler, but displays his name in large letters on the spine and cover.
www.amazon.de /Fowlers-Modern-English-Usage-Revised/dp/0198602634   (1191 words)

 english * Websters New WorldTM German Dictionary...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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English Penitential Discipline and AngloSaxon Law in Their Joint Influence Columbia Studies in the Social Sciences, 242..
The New Fowlers Modern English Usage New Fowlers Modern English Usage, 3rd Ed.
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 Using a preposition at the end of a sentence is acceptable according to the usage dictionaries
Using a preposition at the end of a sentence is acceptable according to the usage dictionaries.
The New Fowlers Modern English Usage Dictionary confirms that there are many circumstances in which a preposition must be placed at the end of a sentence.
What dictates its usage at the end of a sentence is the effect or emphasizes that the writer desires to portray.
www.hfac.uh.edu /English/classes/GU4322/items/prepositions.html   (423 words)

 The King's English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was written by the Fowler brothers, Henry Watson Fowler and Francis George Fowler, and published in 1906, and thus pre-dates by 20 years Modern English Usage, which was written by Henry alone after Francis's death in 1918.
The King's English is less like a dictionary than Modern English Usage; it consists of longer articles on more general topics such as vocabulary, syntax and punctuation, and draws heavily on examples from many sources throughout.
Because it has never been updated since the third edition in 1930, it is rather dated, and some of the Fowlers' views are idiosyncratic; however, it still remains useful and has remained in print since its first publication.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_King's_English   (201 words)

 R. Burchfield: ZoomInfo Business People Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The book has been modernized in convenient external ways -- the pronunciations have all been converted to the International Phonetic Alphabet ; the major entries now have clearer indexes of subentries -- but the important difference is, of course, in the treatment of the words.
Harsh dismissal of disliked usages and pronunciations is not uncommon.
Burchfield, in his new edition, has succeeded admirably in producing a sensible, practical, up-to-date, sometimes controversial, and altogether excellent guide to English usage, and it will be welcomed by those seeking a prescriptive usage guide for this generation.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Fowler's Modern English Usage (2nd Edition): Books: H.W. Fowler,Sir Ernest Gowers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Central to his purpose was the belief that the right wordat the right time in its proper place and context constituted the backboneand much of the muscle and sinew of forthright and effective writing.
That belief along with Fowler's celebrated passion for good writing andhis intolerance of ignorance and humbug, coupled with his sometimesincomparable expression, long ago won him the undying respect andadmiration of careful writers of the English language the world over.
So, like it or not, Fowler had to be updated, and of course there was noshortage of lexicographers, linguists, grammarians, journalists and otherslooking to do the job.
www.amazon.co.uk /Fowlers-Modern-English-Usage-Second/dp/0192813897   (1349 words)

 The Hot Button by David Poland
While even Fowlers Modern English Usage cites old references confusing the two, it is still a fact that educated readers will not like it very much when you confuse them.
"'Usage Note: Anxious has a long history of use roughly as a synonym for eager, but many would prefer that the distinction between the two words be maintained and that anxious be used only when its subject is worried or uneasy about the anticipated event.
But general adoption of anxious to mean eager is understandable, at least in colloquial discourse, since it provides a means of adding emotional urgency to an assertion, in its implication that the subject's desire for a certain outcome is so strong that frustration of that desire will lead to unhappiness.
www.thehotbutton.com /today/hot.button/1998_thb/980903_thu.html   (1623 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Notes and Queries | I notice in many newspaper articles these days a frequent use of the split ...
Fowlers Modern English Usage is typically ambivalent about it as it accepts that English is a living and rapidly changing/adapting language so to further press the point would be a waste of time.
The prejudice comes from a tendency of 17th and 18th Century grammarians to try and make English conform to the rules of Latin grammar (presumably the idea was that Latin, being classical, was intrinsically posher than English).
In it, he proscribed the use of split infinitives in English precisely because they were not possible in Latin.
www.guardian.co.uk /notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-23994,00.html   (1271 words)

 Modern English In Action   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 eLaB - eLearning at Bolton - Guidelines - Spelling
Many of these words are so new that, as yet, they appear in no dictionaries, and in their common usage there seems to be no agreement as to how they should be spelt or expressed.
Fowler, in "Modern English Usage", says "...the shorter form is the more frequent of the two, and is the one recommended here for most contexts...eg.
The former (octopii) being liguistically correct yet rather fusty and arcane exept amongst Latin scholars, while the latter (octopusses) more accurately reflects the way the English language is actually spoken, and that on this basis it ought to be acceptable as a modern alternative.
www.bolton.ac.uk /elab/guidelines/spelling.html   (1172 words)

 Grammar and Vocabulary: A Resource Book for Students
If you look in a selection of usage guides that span a period of time, you may find that opinions change over the years.
A well-known early twentieth century guide is Fowlers Modern English Usage; the original version is republished by OUP in 2002 in the Oxford Language Classics series.
A revised version of Fowler, edited by Robert Burchfield, is now in its third edition (OUP,1998).
www.routledge.com /textbooks/041523171X/res_extra.html   (594 words)

 Reading list for The English Writing System by Vivian Cook
Bebout, L. An error analysis of misspellings made by learners of English as a first and as a second language.
Fowler, H.W. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.
Holm, A. and Dodd, B. The effect of first written language on the acquisition of English literacy.
homepage.ntlworld.com /vivian.c/Linguistics/EWSreferences.htm   (1498 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd Edition): Books: R.W. Burchfield   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Fowler's Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers of all kinds.
It gives a clear and authoritative picture of the English we use, and elucidates many scores of usage questions such as the split infinitive and the intricacies of political correctness.
The volume includes wide-ranging examples of usage from a broad selection of newspapers, journals, and books from across the globe, and features illustrative quotations from authors such as Agatha Christie, Chinua Achebe, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, and Noel Coward.
www.amazon.co.uk /Fowlers-Modern-English-Usage-3rd/dp/0198610211   (2101 words)

 Reviews: Warden of English
It was first published in 1926, issued in an edition revised by Sir Ernest Gowers in 1965, and then updated again under the editorship of Dr R W Burchfield in 1996.
Henry Fowler was one of the odder characters ever to be associated with Oxford (even including the present writer).
In these days of professionally trained lexicographers, with their computerised corpora and the cornucopia of electronically searchable texts now available, it is hardly imaginable that two individuals, working on a small island with no access to primary sources, should in five years have created a complete dictionary from scratch.
www.worldwidewords.org /reviews/warden.htm   (435 words)

 Glossary of terms used on this site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The -ize suffix as used in the USA is accepted in some areas of life but does not generally find acceptance in local government.
Further explanations of the use of English on this site may be found in the Oxford University Press publication "Fowlers Modern English Usage"
English Partnerships - a "quango" that owns vast tracts of land in the UK.
www.campbell-park.gov.uk /glossary.htm   (641 words)

 I want to write - GameDev.Net Discussion Forums
I never payed much attention in my English classes, so the first thing I'd like is a recommendation for a book on grammar.
A practical guide to the mastery of English." Second edition, and it's by L. Sue Baugh.
"Fowlers Modern English Usage" The UK equivalent of Strunk & White.
www.gamedev.net /community/forums/viewreply.asp?ID=1203249   (1491 words)

 Writers.com/Writers on the Net
Most dictionaries accept this meaning as do most English speakers, so one can see the logic in using hopefully in the disputed manner (Hopefully, the war will soon be over meaning It is hoped the war will end soon_.
By 1400, in English wyrd had become the noun weird and could be used as an adjective -- but only with the word "sister," and retained the meaning "fate" as in "having the power to control another's fate." Weird was commonly used in Scotland to mean "witch" and this use in England was not unknown.
John Ayto attributes our modern meaning of weird to "semantic liberties" taken with Shakespeare's usage.
www.writers.com /newsletter0410.html   (1242 words)

 Reading the Maps: Method Man
Anyone accustomed to thinking of philosophy as the otherworldly discourse of academics afflicted with what Fowlers’ Modern English usage called ‘abstractitis’ would surely be surprised and delighted by Imre Lakatos’ ‘Lectures on Scientific Method’ and by the book which houses them, For and Against Method.
Given to overflowing audiences at the London School of Economics in 1973, Lakatos’ addresses are remarkable examples of the cross-fertilisation of complex ideas and pressing social and political issues.
Lakatos, who always saw his ‘Methodology of Scientific Programmes’ as a sort of bulwark against the irrationalist chaos he perceived in the modern world, is revealed by this very personal book as a man vitally concerned with the practical application of philosophy both in the social sciences and in society.
readingthemaps.blogspot.com /2004/08/method-man.html   (838 words)

As a source for describing the English language, it is highly suspect.
Take Modern English Usage, by that good man H. Fowler, "a Christian in all but actual faith," as the Dictionary of National Biography called him.
Here, for example, is Fowler on the insertion of quotation marks or an expression like "to use an expressive colloquialism" to mark off a slang word from which the writer wants to dissociate himself:
www.englishforums.com /English/Fowlers/bvpvm/Post.htm   (315 words)

 An English Tutorial   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Her work is strong when she is discussing the specifics of grammatical usage.
A three page discussion of how and where to use quotation marks disappointingly ends with, “[u]nless, of course, you are in America.” Given the amount of sales in England, there is little excuse as to why the publisher didn’t alter selected passages to meet the needs of those of us in the colonies.
This is someone who wields the English language like a broadsword, slicing her way through all who stand in her way.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1174278/posts   (1947 words)

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