THE AUTHOR OF MODERN English Usage
, Henry Watson Fowler, was, as one might expect of the author of a 700-plus-page English usage guide, idiosyncratic.
In Modern English Usage
, Henry Fowler was often misled by his own personal preferences, and proved wrong by history--as in his subjective belief that "Chiropodist is a barbarism and a genteelism.
His monumental Dictionary of Modern English Usage
has remained the staple for signaling infelicities of style in English prose since its publication in 1926.
He took refuge in his cartoons and stories, for which he sought inspiration from impossible love affairs and from Fowler's Modern English Usage
Fowler, in his splendid Modern English Usage
of 1926, carries no entry on either word, suggesting that formerly there was no confusion.
Fowler's A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
or maybe Wilson Follett' s Modern American Usage--and then enhance it with additional material and digital tools.
Henry is best known, of course, for his Modern English Usage
(1926), widely known and consulted as an Ultimate Authority.
Latin served to "elevate" the vernacular (compare the modern English usage
in Japan, presented in Chapter One), which one can easily see in different semantics of lexical sets, such as freedom-liberty, depth-profundity, etc.
Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
(Sir Ernest Gowers rev.
Phrases such as road and air rage are commonplace in today's language, but cripple and dumb are no longer acceptable in polite society, according to the Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage
, published today.
The new Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage
, out today, says even those who decry Americanisms could be using them unwittingly.
In modern English usage
, the word "purveyor" usually carries a negative connotation - such as "purveyors of smut or pornography," Feldman noted.