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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThe American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThe adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteOBSOLETE, adj. No longer used by the timid. Said chiefly of words. A word which some lexicographer has marked obsolete is ever thereafter an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good enough for the good writer. Indeed, a writer's attitude toward

"obsolete" words is as true a measure of his literary ability as anything except the character of his work. A dictionary of obsolete and obsolescent words would not only be singularly rich in strong and sweet parts of speech; it would add large possessions to the vocabulary of every competent writer who might not happen to be a competent reader.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThat part of his speech was rather like being savaged by a dead sheep

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteABRACADABRA.



By _Abracadabra_ we signify An infinite number of things.

'Tis the answer to What? and How? and Why? And Whence? and Whither? --a word whereby The Truth (with the comfort it brings) Is open to all who grope in night, Crying for Wisdom's holy light.



Whether the word is a verb or a noun Is knowledge beyond my reach. I only know that 'tis handed down. From sage to sage, From age to age -- An immortal part of speech!



Of an ancient man the tale is told That he lived to be ten centuries old, In a cave on a mountain side.

(True, he finally died.) The fame of his wisdom filled the land, For his head was bald, and you'll understand His beard was long and white And his eyes uncommonly bright.



Philosophers gathered from far and near To sit at his feat and hear and hear, Though he never was heard To utter a word But "_Abracadabra, abracadab_,

_Abracada, abracad_,

_Abraca, abrac, abra, ab!_"

'Twas all he had,

'Twas all they wanted to hear, and each Made copious notes of the mystical speech, Which they published next -- A trickle of text In the meadow of commentary. Mighty big books were these, In a number, as leaves of trees; In learning, remarkably --very!



He's dead, As I said, And the books of the sages have perished, But his wisdom is sacredly cherished. In _Abracadabra_ it solemnly rings, Like an ancient bell that forever swings. O, I love to hear That word make clear Humanity's General Sense of Things. --Jamrach Holobom

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