Every-Day Errors of Speech

Author: L.P. Meredith
Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,007 / 107 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.4
LoC Category: P
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Added to site: 2010.05.20
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Genre: Language
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=Calculate= is often inappropriately used in lieu of believe, suppose, expect, etc., as in the following sentences: "I calculate you are my friend;" "I calculate the report is true." Still worse than this passive misuse is that active one of using the word in some such sense as this: "Doctor, I know that you are a man of great intelligence and I have unlimited confidence in your honor and ability; but I must say that I think the course of treatment pursued by you during this epidemic, is calculated to increase the mortality among your patients." How inconsistent with the encomium is the dreadful accusation just following! As if the Doctor had sat down and calculated how he could cause injury rather than benefit. Calculate means to ascertain by means of figures or to study what means must be used to secure a certain result. A person may make a speech, write a book, or do anything else

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