How To Speak &
scholar alive hasn't more
than four thousand different
words at his command, and he
never has occasion to use
half the number.
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It is very
easy to learn how to speak and write
correctly, as for all purposes of ordinary
conversation and communication, only about
2,000 different words are required.
The mastery of just twenty hundred words,
the knowing where to place them, will make
us not masters of the English language,
but masters of correct speaking and
writing. Small number, you will say,
compared with what is in the dictionary!
But nobody ever uses all the words in the
dictionary or could use them did he live
to be the age of Methuselah, and there is
no necessity for using them.
There are upwards of 200,000 words in the
recent editions of the large dictionaries,
but the one-hundredth part of this number
will suffice for all your wants.
Of course you may think not, and you may
not be content to call things by their
common names; you may be ambitious to show
superiority over others and display your
learning or, rather, your pedantry and
lack of learning. For instance, you may
not want to call a spade a spade.
You may prefer to call it a spatulous
device for abrading the surface of the
soil. Better, however, to stick to the old
familiar, simple name that your
grandfather called it. It has stood the
test of time, and old friends are always
To use a big word or a foreign word when a
small one and a familiar one will answer
the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance.
Great scholars and writers and polite
speakers use simple words.
How To Speak and Write Correctly teaches
people simple English that achieves great
It shows people how to express themselves
to achieve various effects in various
situations. No complex grammar or syntax -
just common words and the rules governing
good and standard usage.
A must for the student who needs to
improve his academic essays and the
manager who needs to communicate well with
REQUIREMENTS OF SPEECH
Vocabulary. Parts of speech. Requisites.
ESSENTIALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR
Divisions of grammar. Definitions.
Different kinds. Arrangement of words
Figures of speech. Definitions and
examples. Use of figures.
Principal points. Illustrations. Capital
Principles of letter writing. Forms.
Mistakes. Slips of authors. Examples and
corrections. Errors of redundancy.
PITFALLS TO AVOID
Common stumbling blocks. Peculiar
constructions. Misused forms.
Diction. Purity. Propriety. Precision.
How to write. What to write. Correct
speaking and speakers.
Origin. American slang. Foreign slang.
WRITING FOR NEWSPAPERS
Qualification. Appropriate subjects.
CHOICE OF WORDS
Small words. Their importance. The
Beginning. Different Sources. The present.
MASTERS AND MASTERPIECES OF LITERATURE
Great authors. Classification. The world's
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