The Bazar Book of Decorum

The Bazar Book of Decorum

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...spade a spade"etc., and resorts to all sorts of verbal device to escape PKUDISHNESS OF SPEECH. 137 the employment of some peculiar term become inexplicably offensive, is the worst form of immodesty, for it gives proof of impure thought, while it hypocritically strives to disguise it. We join with Sterne in his warning against the dangers of " accessory ideas." There are certain words peculiar to American usage which, so far from being recognized by the English, are unintelligible to them. There is not one man or woman in ten thousand of those who speak our language, except ourselves, who would understand what we mean by " rooster." We are gradually getting over, in this country, this false modesty of speech, and it is now perhaps possible to discover within a hundred miles of a metropolis an occasional pair of female lips capable of pronouncing " leg," " shirt," " body," or even " trowsers," and a face that will not redden at the remotest allusion to a subject more or less suggested by the presence of every reputable matron. 138 THE AMERICAN VOICE. CHAPTER XI. The Defects of the American Voice.--Their Cause.--Ugly Noises with the Mouth.--Decency of Motion.--Attitudinizing.--Affected Women.--Ugly Tricks.--Hand-shaking.--Democratic Intrusiveness.--American Publicity.--The Impertinence of British Loyalty.--Salutations.--Care of the Hands and Nails. The American voice is generally more nasal and high-pitched than the English. Our women, particularly, are far less gentle and sweet-toned in speech than their British cousins. On hearing some of our damsels speak, we are forcibly reminded of the beautiful girl in the fairy-tale who could never open her mouth without letting out toads, vipers, and other ugly creatures. The sharpness of the American voice...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671457
  • 9781236671455