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Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases - Grenville Kleiser

Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases - Grenville Kleiser

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FIFTEEN THOUSAND USEFUL PHRASES
A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK OF PERTINENTEXPRESSIONS, STRIKING SIMILES, LITERARY.COMMERCIAL, CONVERSATIONAL, ANDORATORICAL TERMS, FOR THE EMBELLISHMENTOF SPEECH AND LITERATURE, AND THEIMPROVEMENT OF THE VOCABULARY OF THOSEPERSONS WHO READ, WRITE. AND SPEAK ENGLISHBY
GRENVILLE KLEISER 
FORMERLY INSTRUCTOR IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AT YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL, YALEUNIVERSITY; AUTHOR OF "HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC," "HOW TO DEVELOP POWERANDPERSONALITY IN SPEAKING," "HOW TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE IN SPEECH ANDMANNER," "HOW TO ARGUE AND WIN," "HOW TO READ AND DECLAIM," "COMPLETEGUIDE TO PUBLIC SPEAKING," ETC.WITH AN INTRODUCTION BYFRANK H. VIZETELLY, LITT.D., LL.D.FIFTH EDITIONFUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANYNEW YORK AND LONDON1919COPYRIGHT, 1917, BYFUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY(Printed in the United States of America)-----Copyright under the Articles of the CopyrightConvention of the Pan-American Republicsand the United States, August 11, 1910------Published. October, 1917One cannot always live in the palaces and state apartments of language,but we can refuse to spend our days in searching for its vilest slums.--William WatsonWords without thought are dead sounds; thoughts without words arenothing.To think is to speak low; to speak is to think aloud.--Max MullerThe first merit which attracts in the pages of a good writer, or thetalk
 
 
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of a brilliant conversationalist, is the apt choice and contrast of thewords employed. It is indeed a strange art to take these blocks rudelyconceived for the purpose of the market or the bar, and by tact ofapplication touch them to the finest meanings and distinctions.--Robert Louis StevensonIt is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, thedeeperthey burn.--SoutheyNo noble or right style was ever yet founded but out of a sincere heart.--RuskinWords are things; and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon athought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.--ByronA good phrase may outweigh a poor library.--Thomas W. HigginsonPLAN OF CLASSIFICATIONSECTIONI. USEFUL PHRASESII. SIGNIFICANT PHRASESIII. FELICITOUS PHRASESIV. IMPRESSIVE PHRASESV. PREPOSITIONAL PHRASESVI. BUSINESS PHRASESVII. LITERARY EXPRESSIONSVIII. STRIKING SIMILESIX. CONVERSATIONAL PHRASESX. PUBLIC SPEAKING PHRASESXI. MISCELLANEOUS PHRASESINTRODUCTIONThe most powerful and the most perfect expression of thought and feelingthrough the medium of oral language must be traced to the mastery ofwords. Nothing is better suited to lead speakers and readers of Englishinto an easy control of this language than the command of the phrasethatperfectly expresses the thought. Every speaker's aim is to be heard andunderstood. A clear, crisp articulation holds an audience as by thespellof some irresistible power. The choice word, the correct phrase, are
 
 
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instruments that may reach the heart, and awake the soul if they falluponthe ear in melodious cadence; but if the utterance be harsh anddiscordantthey fail to interest, fall upon deaf ears, and are as barren as seedsownon fallow ground. In language, nothing conduces so emphatically to theharmony of sounds as perfect phrasing--that is, the emphasizing of therelation of clause to clause, and of sentence to sentence by thesystematic grouping of words. The phrase consists usually of a few wordswhich denote a single idea that forms a separate part of a sentence. Inthis respect it differs from the clause, which is a short sentence thatforms a distinct part of a composition, paragraph, or discourse. Correctphrasing is regulated by rests, such rests as do not break thecontinuityof a thought or the progress of the sense.GRENVILLE KLEISER, who has devoted years of his diligent life toimpartingthe art of correct expression in speech and writing, has provided manyaids for those who would know not merely what to say, but how to say it.He has taught also what the great HOLMES taught, that language is atemplein which the human soul is enshrined, and that it grows out of life--outof its joys and its sorrows, its burdens and its necessities. To him, aswell as to the writer, the deep strong voice of man and the low sweetvoice of woman are never heard at finer advantage than in the earnestbutmellow tones of familiar speech. In the present volume Mr. Kleiserfurnishes an additional and an exceptional aid for those who would haveamint of phrases at their command from which to draw when in need of thegolden mean for expressing thought. Few indeed are the books fitted to-dayfor the purpose of imparting this knowledge, yet two centuries agophrase-books were esteemed as supplements to the dictionaries, and havenot by any manner of means lost their value. The guide to familiarquotations, the index to similes, the grammars, the readers, themachine-made letter-writer of mechanically perfect letters ofcongratulation or condolence--none are sententious enough to supply theneed. By the compilation of this praxis, Mr. Kleiser has not onlysuppliedit, but has furnished a means for the increase of one's vocabulary bypractical methods. There are thousands of persons who may profit by thesystematic study of such a book as this if they will familiarizethemselves with the author's purpose by a careful reading of thepreliminary pages of his book. To speak in public pleasingly and readilyand to read well are accomplishments acquired only after many days,weekseven, of practise.Foreigners sometimes reproach us for the asperity and discordance of our

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