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*WEBSTER'S New AMERICAN DICTIONARY 1959 BOOKS, INC. NEW YORK
The first sentence in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address offers a worth-while example
of construction so simple and yet so powerful that more than one comma could not
be employed in it without intrusion : "Fourscore and seven years ago our father brought
forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition
that all men are created equal." Note how one trifle more of the seasoning of punc-
tuation would detract from the flavor.
And then note how the FLAVOR would flatten out, in the next sentence of the
Address, if the commas were removed : "The world will little note, nor long remember,
what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." The two commas are
employed for FLAVORING only. They could be omitted without obscuring the meaning.
Note, again, in the next following sentence, how Lincoln's simple, direct sentence
construction defies the comma : "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a
final resting place of those who here gave their lives that the nation might live."
Nowhere in the Address is a comma used for other than FLAVOR--any one might
be omitted without impairing the meaning, except possibly the one after "nation"
in the first sentence.
VI Punctuation, the Lubricating Agent
Webster's New American Dictionary
COMPLETELY NEW AND UP TO DATE. PLANNED AND
WRITTEN BY MODERN EDUCATORS AND LEXICOGRAPHERS
ESPECIALLY TO SERVE THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
OF SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND SELF-EDUCATION AT HOME
LEWIS M. ADAMS
EDWARD N. TEALL, A.M.
C. RALPH TAYLOR, A.M.,
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C O N T E N T S
WORDS, THE TOOLS OF PERSONAL POWER AND SUCCESS, AND THE
SECRETS OF THEIR EFFECTIVE USE--Introduction
AGUIDE TO THE USE OF THIS BOOK
KEY TO PRONUNCIATION
New Words Department
60,000 STREAMLINED MODERN DEFINITIONS, WITH SYNONYMS AND
ANTONYMS ; Illustrated
AGUIDE TO SELF-EDUCATION THROUGH THE USE OF THE DICTIONARY
I SELF-EDUCATION :
(1) Teaching Oneself
(2) The Learning Process
(3) Practical Applications
II GRAMMAR MADE INTERESTING AND EASY TO REMEMBER
(1) The Value of Grammar
(2) The Sentence as a Tool of Power
(3) The Parts of Speech--A Treasure Hunt
III MAKING USE OF THE TOOLS
(1) How to Use a Dictionary
(2) Vocabulary Tests
V DANGER FLAGS
VI PUNCTUATION, THE LUBRICATING AGENT
VII PRONUNCIATION, THE PERSONAL MAGNET
VIII WORDS OFTEN MISPRONOUNCED
IX PRONUNCIATION OF LATIN AND GREEK NAMES
X SPELLING BY RULES THAT REMAIN VIVID
XI WORDS COMMONLY MISSPELLED
XIII COMPOUNDING AND SEPARATING FOR EFFECTIVENESS
XIV PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES, A TEST OF YOUR INGENUITY
XV USE OF ITALICS
MOTTOES, MAXIMS, QUOTATIONS, AND PHRASES
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Words--The Tools of Personal Power and Success--
The Secrets of Their Most Effective Use
REPOSING in the contents of this Dictionary is a huge reservoir of
power--power so potent as to provide an instrument for attaining
success in life to anyone who will make use of it. For herein lie the
basic tools by which man has carved out his present modicum of civiliza-
tion--the tools of expression and of communication.
Down through the ages, from the very beginning of civilization to and
within the present time, those who have best understood and practiced
the use of these tools have wielded powerful influence upon their fellow