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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. 1830 Excerpt: ... has found its way into these pages, it is an estray, which was allowed to creep in through inadvertence, and not detected on revision. To almost every one of Mr. Pegge's words is annexed a short note, explanatory, illustrative, or in some sort exculpatory, and all expressed with his characteristic pleasantry. With not one of these annotations has the Author ventured to make free. Nothing is more dangerous to borrow than a jest; and no mode of borrowing more clearly betrays poverty, or rather beggary. Any East Angle who wishes to claim a share in these apologies, as far as they concern him, will do well to have recourse to the book, and may depend on finding much amusement and information. And, in return, if in any case it should happen, that In other words, on the principle of making the "sound seem an echo to the sense," or rather a comment on the sense. This explanation may, perchance, enable some reader, well acquainted with his mother-tongue, but not familiar with the names or powers of the figures of rhetoric, to bear witness to the correctness of this observation. more light is thrown here on any word than Mr. Pegge has afforded, the Cockney is heartily welcome to the benefit of it. It is intended to give 'hire, as nearly as possible, a simple nomenclature, and to leave the words in general to shift for themselves, as best they may. Entirely to avoid encumbering the List with notes, should some lucky formation, some quaint analogy, perhaps some weighty authority, seem to entitle any word to particular notice, it will be marked with an asterisk here, and repeated in the Vocabulary, as the properer place to say whatever can be said on its behalf. Some little improvement has been attempted in arrangement, by throwing the words under different ...
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