Our Common Speech: Six Papers, on Topics Connected with the Proper Use of the English Language, the Changes Which That Tongue Is Undergoing on Both Sides of the Sea, and the Labors of Lexicographers to Explain the Meaning of the Words of Which It Is Compo
Author: Gilbert Milligan Tucker
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Words are those Channels, by which the Knowledge of Things are conveyed to our Understandings: and therefore, upon a right Apprehension of them depends the Rectitude of our Notions; and in order to form our Judgments right, they must be understood in their proper Meaning, used in their true Sense, either in Writing or Speaking: For, if the Words of the Speaker or Writer, though ever so apposite to the Matter, be taken in a wrong Sense, they form erroneous Ideas in the Mind concerning the Thing spoken or written of; and if we use Words in a false and improper Sense, this causes Confusion in the Understanding of the Hearer, and renders the Discourse unintelligible. - Introduction to Bailey's Dictionary.
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