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Society for Pure English, Tract 11

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,525 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.8
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 664
Added to site: 2004.11.13
mnybks.net#: 9011
Genre: Language
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s, at any rate--to mix the metaphor--will escape the blue pencil even of such drastic editors as they_. Since all three metaphors are live ones, and they are the sifter and the feeder, the working of these into grammatical connexion with the blue pencil does undoubtedly mix metaphors. But then our author gives us to understand that he knows he is doing it, and surely that is enough. Even so some liars reckon that a lie is no disgrace provided that they wink at a bystander as they tell it, even so those who are addicted to the phrase 'to use a vulgarism' expect to achieve the feat of being at once vulgar and superior to vulgarity.

_Certainly we cannot detect the suggested lack of warmth in the speech as it is printed, for in his speech, as in the Prime Minister's, it seems to us that (if we may change the metaphor) exactly the right note was struck_.

_We may, on the one hand, receive into our gill its precise content of the complex mixture that fills the puncheon of the whole world's literature,

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