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" Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. But we must not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining. Nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages; since the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity,... "
Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of ... - Page 422
by George Burnett - 1807
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Sir Philip Sydney's Defense of Poetry: And Observations on Poetry and ...

Sir Philip Sidney - Poetry - 1787 - 144 pages
...is the moft certain miftris of language, as the publick ftamp makes the current money. But we muft not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining. Nor fetch words from the extreme and utmoft ages ; fmce the chief virtue of a ftile is perfpicuity, and nothing fo vicious in it, as to...
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Lectures on the English Language

George Perkins Marsh - English language - 1860 - 697 pages
...selection of words in writings designed for permanence of duration and effect. " "We must not," says he, " be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of Sure I thinke, and thinke I think not amisee, that they...
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Lectures on the English Language

George Perkins Marsh - 1863 - 498 pages
...designed for permanence of duration and effect. " "We must not," says he, " be too frequent with the miut, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of Sure I thinke, and thinke I think not nmisse, that the;...
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Principles of Rhetoric and Their Application

Adams Sherman Hill - 1878
...valor. Such writers can follow no better counsels than those given by Ben Jonson and by Pope : — " Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as...coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages ; simce the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity, and nothing so vicious in it as to need an interpreter....
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The Analysis of Sentences

Henry B. Buckham - English language - 1881 - 251 pages
...The sentence, then, contains a principal and a subordinate proposition, and is complex. SENTENCES. 1. Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. 2. How is literature to avail itself of the new words which it needs for complete expression ? 3. A...
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A System of Rhetoric

Charles William Bardeen - English language - 1884 - 673 pages
...that was in an abstruse metaphysical discussion, to express a very difficult distinction.—HAZLITT. We must not be too frequent with the mint, every day...nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes....
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A System of Rhetoric

Charles William Bardeen - English language - 1884 - 673 pages
...that woe in an abstruse metaphysical discussion, to express a very difficult distinction. — HAZLITT. We must not be too frequent with the mint, every day...nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of majesty to style, and are not •without their delight...
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A System of Rhetoric

Charles William Bardeen - English language - 1884 - 673 pages
...that was in an abstruse metaphysical discussion, to express a very difficult distinction.—HAZLTTT. We must not be too frequent with the mint, every day...nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. "Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of majesty to style, and arc not without their delight...
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Lectures on the English Language

George Perkins Marsh - English language - 1885 - 583 pages
...selection of words in writings designed for permanence of duration and effect. " "We must not," says he, " be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. "Words borrowed of antiquity do lend a kind of majesty to style, and are not without their delight...
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Timber

Ben Jonson - 1892 - 166 pages
...are by use made tender and gentle. It is an honest error that is committed, following great chiefs. Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as...words from the extreme and utmost ages; since the chief_yirtue_of a stylets perspicuity^ and nothing so vicious in it as to need an interpreter. Words...
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