Popular Educator Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...Peruser. Then he doesn't have to use them. If we were he, however, we wouldn't bet too high on this superfluity. Nothing is superfluous that is in good use. The verb "to get" is a tough old verb, and has been a verb of all work for hundreds of years. Such pleonastic expressions as "have got" a: e firmly rooted in English, and are constantly used not only by the best speakers and writers but by everybody, save the too serious souls that seek to make the language oyer, and are not content to accept it as it is. When Shakespeare says " What a beard thou hast got; " when the Bible says " Take the girdle that thou hast got;" when the Earnest Peruser in a moment when instinct has got the better of theory says, " I've got a bad cold;" the " got" is superfluous only in the view of pedantic grammarians. The phrase is sound and strong, and it comes naturally to the lips. But if any brother feels hurt by that "got," if he feels that it is a sinful waste of language, may he have strength to refrain; but, mind you, he can't pass a prohibitory law on the subject. If he goes to a baseball game and seeks to encourage a runner he can say, if be chooses, "Run, Casey, you must go;" but his voice will be drowned in the general howl of " Run, Casey, you've got to go." Everywhere the grammarian has disappointments, but no donbt the contemplation of his own superiority consoles his darker hours. And now we are well-nigh done. The Earnest Peruser would translate Psalm 73, 2: " My steps had woll-nigh slipped," by " My steps had almost or very nearly slipped." For Beatrice's " They swore that you were well-nigh dead for me," the Earnest Peruser...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123675400X
  • 9781236754004