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Good writers endeavour to avoid requiring words fall from her mouth. Coleridge, somewhere either parenthetic marks or dashes, both of which indi- tells that he was once much prepossessed in favour of cate irregularities of thought and expression.
an individual whom he met at a dinner-table, and who
appeared a dignified and respectable person, until, CONCLUSION.
some kind of fruit being introduced, he heard him exWe have now explained the Etymology and Syntax claim, • Oh, them's the jockies for me!'
Words are of the English tongue, as far as our limits permit; the exponents of conditions of mind, and when mean and in drawing to a close, we may be allowed to im- ones are used, we unavoidably suppose the condition of press on our readers the value of the science which we min to be mean, have been endeavouring to expound. If they have intelligently gone along with us in our various remarks,
ERRORS IN PRONUNCIATION, they will not be surprised when we assert that this de- The interchange of w for v, and v for w, and the putpartment of human knowledge, if skilfully cultivated, ting of the sound of h before words where it is inapprowill be productive of very valuable results. To under- priate, and taking it away where it ought to be. Exstand the grammar of a sentence, nothing more or amples-Vill you vait to get some vine and wictuals ? less than to understand its sense, and to see clearly An 'ard-boiled hegg. how its various parts are connected; while in learning The sound k instead of g at the ends of words. to recognise the different modifications that words un- Examples—Somethink, nothink. dergo, and the different arrangements of which they The addition of r at the ends of words ending in are susceptible, to express difference of thought, we vowels. Examples—Idear, windor, Elizar. have exercised many of the mental faculties, and in so Changing the termination en, ain, or eign, into ing ; far laid the foundation of what is much wanted—a just as garding for garden, founting for fountain, sovering system of Logic.
for sovereign, and the like. The sources whence the student will derive effectual aid in the prosecution of this interesting subject, we have already pointed out incidentally ; but let no one Between you and I, there is a great want of conlament too much though he should not have access to scientiousness in most partisans. Correction-Between them. Rather let him, by additional thought on his you and me, &c. own part, make up for the deficiency, and he may rest I am not so proud as him. Cor.-As he. assured that, by accustoming himself to mark the diffe- You will do it better than her. Cor.—Than she. rent modes of expression he meets with in reputable May thou as well as me be meek, patient, and forauthors, a system of grammar will evolve itself, which giving. Cor.-As well as I, &c. will be all the more valued-if we may not say valuable While the house was being built. Cor.-While the —that it has been wrought out by his own exertions, house was in the course of being built. and not received by tradition or passively from the Fie don't go to town to-day. Cor.-He does not go hands of another. Following this plan, the real method to town to-day. of induction, he will either reproduce the rules which I rather think he is out of town. Cor.- I believe he we have set before him, or else see their erroneousness. I is out of town. So that, in either case, we shall deserve well of him; I had better go myself. Cor.-It were better that I for, if we are right in anything, we shall have served should go myself. as a guide to him; and in those points where we have I had obliye to go. Cor.-I was obliged to go. erred, we shall have put him on the way to find out John is tall in comparison to James. Cor.-John is
We know very well that the pupil cannot tall in comparison with James. see with our eyes, and we have therefore only endea- He is a very rising man.
Cor. He is rising very voured to direct his attention to such objects as he rapidly. may see with his own. So far as he sees, he should She readied a dish for us. Cor.---She cooked, or prebelieve, and no farther. To dogmatise is the method pared, a dish for us. of a grammatist, but our ambition has been to act the She was a superior woman, or, She was a most superior part of a philosophical grammarian, and, as such, we
Cor.--Superior can only be used with regard cannot conclude without warning our readers never to to something else which is at the same time expressed : forget that words in themselves are nothing, and that thus, She was a woman much superior to the generality they are only valuable in so far as they are the symbols of her sex. of ideas. Beautifully and justly has Johnson said, This is better nor that. Cor.- This is better than • Words are the daughters of earth, and things only that. are the sons of heaven.' Language is but a vehicle of Short - lived, long - lived. Cor.-Short - lifed, longthought, or, at best, its instrument, and to view it as an lifed. • end unto itself,' is the vain humour of a pedant. Let The then Earl of Winchelsea; the then Mrs Bennet. none be so taken up with words as to forget solid Cor.—The Earl of Winchelsea of that time; the Mrs things.
Bennet then living.
He lays asleep in the cabin. Cor.—He lies asleep in
the cabin. COMMON ERRORS CORRECTED.
His health was drank. Cor.-His health was drunk. The remaining space of the present sheet could The dinner was all eat up. Cor.—The dinner was scarcely, we think, be better employed than in enume- all eaten up. rating some examples of the most common errors in I went to table and eat very heartily. Cor.-I went the pronunciation and selection of words. In every to table and ate very heartily. part of the country there are some peculiar vices A couple of shillings. Cor:--Couple can only be proof speech, which have been handed down from one perly applied to objects in connection; as, a married generation to another, and are generally so inveterate couple, a couple of pointers. in most minds, from the effect of early habit, that no John, James, and Robert, were sober workmen, the cultivation which the mind may receive in mature latter particularly so. Cor: -The last particularly so life altogether obliterates them. For any one who has (the objects enumerated being more than two). occasion to mix in retined society to be thus liable Ask at him. Cor.-Ask him. every moment to the use of some barbarism of speech, The Manchester Guardian’ is a well-advertised paper is a misfortune of some magnitude; for nothing tends -meaning a paper which usually contains many adverso much to convey a mean impression of his education tisements. Cor.--The ‘Manchester Guardian' usually and habits of life. The most beautiful young female, contains many advertisements, or-enjoys a large share who, silent, appears a kind of divinity, is reduced at of the patronage of advertisers. once to common earth when we hear a few inelegant I could not give him credit, without he changes his
behaviour. Cor.--I could not give him credit, unless He gave her a beautiful book as a present: (or better) he changes his behaviour.
He presented her with, or made her a present of, a I will go, except I should be ill, Cor.-Unless I beautiful book. should be ill.
No less than two hundred scholars hare been eduI saw them all, unless two or three. Cor.-I saw cated in that school. Cor.--No fewer, &c. them all, except two or three.
There was a quantity of people present. Cor.—There I took some cream into a bowl. Cor.--I took some was a number of people present. cream in a bowl.
It is above a year since the time that I left school. I am going for to do it. Cor.--I am going to do it. Cor.— It is inore than a year since I left school.
He was a devoted antiquarian all his days. Cor. He felt the peculiarness of his situation. Cor.--He He was a devoted antiquary all his days. (Antiquarian felt the peculiarity of his situation. In like manner is the adjective.)
delicacy should be preferred to delicateness, incapability James is going to be a medical man. Cor. - James to incapableness, &c. is going to be a physician, surgeon, or medical prac- He was guilty of such atrocious conduct, that he was titioner.
deserted by his friends for good and all. Cor. He was He is oftener wrong than right. Cor.—He is more guilty of conduct so atrocious, that he was entirely frequently wrong than right.
deserted by his friends, I have no right to pay this tax. I have no right to be distressed by that man's conduct. Cor.--I am under
OBSOLETE, AWKWARD, AND MEAN FORMS. no obligation to pay this tax. I am not obliged to I had as lief do it myself as persuade another to do suffer from that man's conduct.
it. Cor.--I would as readily, &c. You will be necessitated to submit. Cor.--You will He convinced his opponent by sheer dint of argument. be obliged to submit.
Cor.- Entirely by force of argument, He is not intending to purchase it. Cor. He does He is not a whit better than those whom he so libenot intend to purchase it.
rally condemns. Cor.--He is not in any degree, &c. Don't talk of those sort of things to me. Cor.-Don't He stands upon the bond, and will not abate a jot of talk of that sort of things to me. Sort of things is a his claim. Cor. He insists on the strict terms of the mean and objectionable expression. "Things of that bond, and will not in the least abate his claim. kind' is more elegant, as well as correct.
Good satin, I take it, is considerably superior to The castle is seated by the Garonne. Cor.---The common silk. Cor.-I presume, &c. castle is seated beside the Garonne.
You have no call to do it. Cor.-You have no ocLord Byron was born at London. There have been casion to do it. destructive fires at Edinburgh. Cor.-Lord Byron was I have no right to pay. Cor.- I am not bound to pay. born in London. There have been destructive fires in Politics too often sets men by the cars.
When they Edinburgh. (At is only proper with respect to a small come to words, and fall out, reason is generally lost town.)
sight of. I should not wonder but on this occasion I met him on the street. Cor.--I met him in the there might be broken heads going. Cor.-Politics too street,
often cause quarrels. When men enter into controI don't know, but I will inquire at my friend. Cor. versy, and differ violently, reason is generally lost sight -Of my friend.
of. I should not wonder but on this occasion they
We shall have a regular break-up in the ministry.
He was very dexterous in smelling out the designs of
knave. He was married on Miss Edmonstone. Cor. He was Heretofore Hannibal had carried all before him; married to Miss Edmonstone.
wherefore he had become very proud, listening to no ad, They were some distance from home when the acci- vice whatsoever; whereas Scipio invariably took counsel dent happened. Cor.-At some distance, &c.
from the most sagacious of his officers. The words in He lives opposite the Royal Exchange. Cor.-Op Italics are all obsolete and objectionable. posite to, &c.
He wist not what to do. Cor.--He kuew not what to Pray, sit into the fire. Cor.-Pray, sit near the fire. do.
The performance was approved of' by all who under- He little wots of the storm that is brewing. Cor.stood it. Cor.—The performance was approved by all. He is not aware, &c.
They attacked Northumberland's house, whom they Topsy-turvy, pell-mell, hurly-burly, having a month's put to death. Cor.—They attacked the house of North- mind for a thing, currying fürour with a person, daneumberland (or the Duke of Northumberland), whom ing attendance on customers, get into a scrape, come to they put to death,
the scratch, flare up, fork out, walk into him, kick up a It is true what he says, but it not applicable to the row, raise a rumpus, and the like All objectionable point. Cor.---What he says is true, &c.
from their meanness. Together with the national debt, the greatest national We are at one on the slave question. advantages are also transmitted to succeeding genera- I happen to have a little leisure upon my hands. tions. Cor.-Also is superfluous.
He might have perceived it with half an eye. Failing in his effort, he again repeated it. Cor.
My father left this morning by the mail. Cor.-- My Aguin is superfluous.
father went away this morning, &c. When are you He is noway thy inferior, and in this instance is no- to leave?' is in like manner vicious. The place or
Cor.-He is in nowise thy inferior, thing left should always be stated. and in this instance is not at all to blame.
Slang phrases of all kinds should be received warily. It is neither more nor less than medicine in disguise. The least objectionable are those which merely suggest Cor.—It is simply medicine in disguise.
comical ideas; those which tend to present light and The master never challenged him for stealing. Cor. jocular views of moral error are particularly detestable. -The master never reproved him for stealing.
It will be the aim of a well-bred and judicious person He charged me with want of resolution, in which he to make his discourse neither too nice and formal, nor was greatly mistaken. Cor.--He charged ine with want too loose and homely, but, as far as possible, to preserve of resolution, but in this censure he was greatly mis- a medium between the select language employed in taken.
literature, and the familiar, and perhaps temporary, He gave her a beautiful book in a present. Cor.-- phraseology which prevails in ordinary society.
ways to blame.
In the present and succeeding sheet, an attempt is made ninety being expressed by a figure formed on purpose,
first independent of the alphabet. The following intel
ligible account of it has been given by Professor PlayA recognition of the value of numbers is coeval with fair : To denote one, a simple upright stroke was the dawn of mental cultivation in every community; assumed '; and the repetition of this expressed two, but considerable progress must be inade before methods three, &c. Two cross strokes X marked the next of reckoning are reduced to a regular system, and a no- step in the scale of numeration, or ten; and that tation adopted to express large or complex quantities. symbol was repeated to signify twenty, thirty, &c. An inability to reckon beyond a few numbers is always Three strokes, or an open square [, were employed a proof of mental obscurity; and in this state various to denote the hundred, or the third stage of numerasavage nations have been discovered by travellers. tion; and four interwoven strokes M, sometimes inSome are found to be able to count as far as five, the curved M, or even divided Cly, expressed a thousand. digits of the hand most likely familiarising them with Such are all the characters absolutely required in a that number ; but any further quantity is either said very limited system of numeration.
The necessary to consist of so many fives, or is expressed by the more repetition of them, however, as often occasionally as convenient phrase, a great many. Among the North nine times, was soon found to be tedious and perplexAmerican Indians, any great number which the mind ing. Reduced or curtailed marks were therefore emis incapable of distinctly recoguising and naming is ployed to express the intermediate multiples of five; figuratively described by comparing it to the leaves of and this improvement must have taken place at a very the forest ; and in the same inanner the uututored early period. Thus five itself was denoted by the upper Negro of Africa would define any quantity of vast half V, and sometimes the under half 1, of the chaamount by pointing to a handful of sand of the desert. racter X for ten ; L, or the half of the mark for
On the first advance of any early people towards a hundred, came to represent fifty; and the incurred
But the alphabetic characters now lent their aid to
numeration. The uniformn broad strokes were dismissed, Notation is the method of expressing numbers by and those letters which most resembled the several means of certain signs or figures. The representation combinations were adopted in their place. The marks of numbers by written signs is an art generally be for one, five, ten, and fifty, were respectively supplied lieved to have taken its rise after the formation of by the letters I, V, X, and L. The symbol for a hunalphabets. One of the earliest sets of written signs of dred was aptly denoted by C, which had originally a numbers of which we have any notice, is certainly the square shape, and happened, besides, to be the initial series of letters of the Hebrew alphabet which was used of the very word centum. The letter D was very geby that peoplem-Aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, he, vau, zain, nerally assumed as a near approximation to the symbol cheth, teth, standing respectively for the numbers one for five hundred; and M not only represented the two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. The Greeks angular character for a thousand, but was likewise, directly adopted this plan from the Hebrews, forming though perhaps accidentally, the first letter of the word their numbers thus :-1 alpha, 2 beta, 3 gamma, 4 mille --Edin. Rev. No. xviii. p. 193. delta, 5 epsilon-here, having no letter corresponding The Hebrew, improved Grecian, and Roman numewith the Hebrew rau, they put in the words szionuer fases rals were perhaps sufficient to express any single to denote six ; after which they proceeded with 7 zeta, number with tolerable precision; but it is easy to see 8 eta, &c. Before adopting this plan, they had indi- that they must have been nearly unfitted for use in cated one by iota -, probably because it was the the processes of arithmetic. The Greeks certainly consmallest of their letters; five by II (P), being the first trived to overcome many obstacles in the business of letter of pente, five; ten by Á (D), being the initial calculation, and even could express fractions—though, of deka, ten. After having for some time adopted the from a practice of adding from left to right, and igno. Hebrew mode, they divided their alphabet into three rance of the plan of carrying tens to the higher places, classes : the first ten letters expressing the numbers their problems were at all times awkward and complifrom one to ten; while twenty, thirty, forty, and so on cated. The Romans, however, careless of old inconup to a hundred, were signified by the next nine, 'veniences, were still more awkwardly situated than No. 88.
the Greeks. Let any reader just suppose, for instance, It would be impossible to calculate, even by their
The numerals now in use, with the mode of causing others, multiplies that one or more numbers by ten. Or
and so on. And whenever a has been lately found that the ancient hieroglyphical
4, 5 6 7, 8 9 0
new figure is added towards inscriptions of Egypt contain several of them, learned
the right, each of the former men are now agreed that they originated in that early
set is made to express ten seat of knowledge, between which and India there exist
times its former value. A more points of resemblance, and more traces of inter
large number is thus excourse, than is generally supposed. In the eleventh
pressed in the Arabic nume. century, Gerbert, a Benedictine monk of Fleury, and
rals, every set of three from who afterwards ascended the papal throne under the
the right to the left hand designation of Sylvester II., travelled into Spain, and
being separated by a comma
for the sake of distinctness.
For a long time, however, it made sands of millions, the next billions, &c. The two
Hundreds this term came afterwards to express, in general, any
Tens of millions.
Tens of millions
Hundreds of millions.
Tens of billions. the time of the invention of printing.
Hundrois of trillions, &c.
Hundreds of billions.
Tens of millions.
Thousands of millions.
Tens of thousands.
Tens of thousands.
Hundreds of millions.
Tens of trillions,
For practice in Notation and Numeration, the reader This table is so well known, that it is almost supershould write down large numbers alternately in words fluous to explain that, when any number in the top and figures; at first assisting himself by the use of row is multiplied by any number in the left-hand side commas, but gradually dispensing with these as he row, the amount is found in the compartment or square acquires facility and certainty of expression.
beneath the one and opposite the other. Thus, 2 times
2 are 4; 5 times 6 are 30; 12 times 12 are 144. SIMPLE OR ABSTRACT NUMBERS.
The multiplying of numbers beyond 12 times 12 is There are four elementary departments in arithmetic usually effected by a process of calculation
in written -Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction, and Division. figures. The rule is to write down the number to be
multiplied, called the multiplicand; then place under Addition is the adding or summing up of several it, on the right-hand side, the number which is to be numbers, for the purpose of finding their united the multiplier, and draw a line under them. For examount. We add numbers together when we say, 1 ample, to find the amount of 9 times 27, we set down and I make 2; 2 and 2 make 4; and so on.
the figures thusthod of writing numbers in Addition, is to place the
27 (Multiplicand.) figures under one another, so that units will stand under
9 (Multiplier.) units, tens under tens, hundreds under hundreds, &c.
243 (Product.) Suppose we wish to add together the following numbers—27, 5, 536, 352, and 275; we range them in Beginning with the right-hand figure, we say 9 times columns one under the other, as in the margin, and 7 are 63; and putting down 3, we carry 6, and say draw a line under the whole. Beginning at the lowest times 2 are 18, and 6 which was carried makes 24;
and figure of the right-hand column, we say 5 and
writing down these figures next the 3, the product is
27 found to be 243. 2 are 7-7 and 6 are 13--13 and 5 are 18-18
5 and 7 are 25; that is, 2 tens and 5 units. We
5463 When the multiplier consists of two or more
536 now write the 5 below the line of units, and
34 figures, place it so that its right-hand figure
352 carry or add the 2 tens, or 20, to the lowest
comes exactly under the right-hand figure of 275
21852 figure of the next column. In carrying this
the multiplicand; for instance, to multiply
1195 20, we let the cipher go, it being implied by
5463 by 34, we proceed as here shown. Here
185742 the position or rank of the first figure, and take only product of which being written down, we proceed to
the number is multiplied, first by the 4, the the 2; we therefore proceed thus--2 and 7 are 9-9 and 5 are 14–14 and 3 are 17-17 and 2 are 19. multiply by 3, and the amount produced is placed below Writing down the 9, we proceed with the third column,
the other, but one place farther to the left.
76843 A line is then drawn, and the two procarrying 1, thus-1 and 2 are 33 and 3 are 6-6 and 5 are 1l. No more figures remaining to be added,
4563 ducts added together, bringing out the
230,529 result of 185742. We may in this man. both these figures are now put down, and the amount
4,610,58 or sum of them all is found to be 1195. Following
ner multiply by three, four, five, or any this plan, any quantity of numbers may be summed
38,421,5 number of figures, always placing the proup. Should the amount of any column be in three
307,372 duct of one figure below the other, but figures, still, only the last or right-hand figure is to be 350,634,609 shifting a place farther to the left in each put down, and the other two carried to the next column.
line. An example is here given in the For example, if the amount of a column be 127, put multiplying of 76843 by 4563. down the 7 and carry the other two figures, which are
Multiplication is denoted by a cross of this shape x : 12; if it be 234, put down the 4 and carry 23.
thus, 3 x 8 = 24, signifies, that by multiplying 8 by For the sake of brevity, in literature, addition is often 3, the product is 24. A number which is produced by denoted by the figure of a cross, of this shape + the multiplication of two other numbers, as 30 by 5 anů Thus, 7 + 6 means 7 added to 6; and in order to ex; The 5 and 6, called the factors (that is, workers or
6, leaving nothing over, is called a composite number. press the sum resulting, the sign =, which means equal to, is employed, as 7 + 6 = 13; that is, 7 and 6 are 30 is also said to be a multiple of either of these num
agents), are said to be the component parts of 30, and equal to 13. Again, 8 + 5 + 9 22.
bers. The equal parts into which a number can be Multiplication.
reduced--as the twos in 30-are called its aliquot parts. Multiplication is a short method of addition under A number which cannot be produced by the multiplicacertain circumstances. If we wish to ascertain the tion of two other numbers, is called a prime number. amount of twelve times the number 57, instead of When the multiplicand and multiplier are the same setting down twelve rows of 57, and adding them to that is, when a number is multiplied by itself oncegether, we adopt a shorter plan, by which we come to the product is called the square of that number: 144 the same conclusion. For ascertaining the amount of is the square of 12. all simple numbers as far as 12 times 12, young persons
Subtraction. commit to memory the following Multiplication Table, a knowledge of which is of great value, and saves much from a greater, to find what remains, or the difference
Subtraction is the deducting of a smaller number trouble in after life:
between them. We subtract when we say, take 3 from 5, and 2 remains; 4 from 10, and 6 remains. To ascer
tain what remains, after taking 325 from 537, we 10 | 12
537 proceed by writing the one under the other, as 325 here indicated, and then subtracting. Commenc
212 ing at 5, the right-hand figure of the lower and 81216 28 | 32 | 36 40 | 44
smaller number, we say, 5 from 7, and 2 remains; 5 10 15
setting down the 2, we say next, 2 from 3, and I re35 | 40 | 45 55 | 60
mains; and setting down the 1, we say, 3 from 5, and 0 | 12 18
2 remains; total remainder, 212.
To subtract a number of a higher value, involving 7 14 21 49 | 56
the carrying of figures and supplying of tens, we pro40 48 56 | 64 | 72
ceed as in the margin. Commencing as before, we find
that 5 cannot be subtracted from 2, and therefore 9 18 27 72 | 81 9099
8432 supply or lend 10 to the 2, making it 12; then we 10 20 30 40 50
5 from 12, and 7 remains. Setting down the 11 22 33 55 66 77 / 88 99
1617 7, we take 1, being the decimal figure of the
number which was borrowed, and give it to the l, 12 24 36 48 60 72 96 | 108 120 | 132 | 144 making it 2, and taking 2 from 3, we find that I remains.