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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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Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

Ben Jonson - English prose literature - 1892 - 166 pages
...most certain mistress of language, as the , public stamp makes the current money. But we must 10 | not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages ; j since the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity, and nothing so vicious in it as to need an interpreter....
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Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter; Ed. with an Introduction ...

Ben Jonson - 1892 - 166 pages
...are by use made tender and jgentle. It is an honesl enui thai ib CUmimlled, following great chiefs. Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as...public stamp makes the current money. But we must 10 not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost...
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Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

Ben Jonson - English prose literature - 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...public stamp makes the current money. But we must 10 not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost...
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The Principles of Rhetoric and Their Application

Adams Sherman Hill - English language - 1893 - 307 pages
...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...in it as to need an interpreter. Words borrowed of antiguity do lend a kind of majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes. For they...
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The Principles of Rhetoric

Adams Sherman Hill - English language - 1895 - 431 pages
...part of valor. Such writers can follow no better counsel than that given by Ben Jonson and Pope: — " Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as...nothing so vicious in it as to need an interpreter. 1 " The curt form of gent, as a less ceremonious substitute for the full expression of 'gentleman,'...
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The Principles of Rhetoric

Adams Sherman Hill - English language - 1895 - 431 pages
...part of valor. Such writers can iollow no better counsel than that given by Ben Jonson and Pope: — " Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as...mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the ex treme and utmost ages ; since the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity, and nothing so vicious...
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The Principles of Rhetoric

Adams Sherman Hill - English language - 1895 - 431 pages
...of valor. Such writers can follow no better counsel than that given by Ben Jonson and Pope : — " Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. But \ve must not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and...
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Collectanea: 1st-2d Series, Volume 2

Charles Crawford - English literature - 1907
...worthy of love, but of praise. Though ambition itself be a vice, it is often the cause of great virtue. But we must not be too frequent with the mint, every...nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages. The eldest of the present, and newness of the past language, is the best. For order helps much to perspicuity....
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The Standard of Usage in English

Thomas R. Lounsbury - English language - 1908 - 309 pages
...words are little more than a literal translation from the Latin author last named. "Custom," said he, "is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money." But, like Quintilian, he was careful to define what he meant by this supreme authority. "When I name custom,"...
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The American of the Future: And Other Essays

Brander Matthews - National characteristics, American - 1909 - 355 pages
...often rivals Moliere in his common sense, put the matter pithily as was his wont, when he asserted that "custom is the most certain mistress of language,...day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and uttermost ages, since the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity, and nothing so vicious in it as to...
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