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"Guardian" Office.

March 9, 1914.

What with the " coinage " of new words to fit modern achievements, inventions, and customs, the incorporation of slang expressions into the recognised language, and the introduction of idioms of doubtful ancestry and still | vaguer utility, the English languago of to-day ]s sadly lacking in that refinement- of expression that our great-great-granchnothers — and sometimes our great-great-grandfathers —aro recorded as having so dearly loved. But what it lacks in refinement is balanced to a cortaiii extent by its expressiveness and directness. Of the making of words there is no ond, and this being so, it is iufcresting to noto that as there is i\ tondoncy towards bankruptcy in the ,ipl:io.s3 of modern nomenclature, the now .spelling is likely to sweep fuv:iy all incongruities of spelling and pror>.Ui:cir.lion by tho substitution of a xmiversal method for tho present hotchpotch fi.ys.tom. At an educational congress in the' buildings of the London University,'i'u January last, tho visitor was confronted with a. notice: ' . " 2.39 TU-D-jI :> .chalked upon a board, and inquiry resulted in the ' information that Lhis was the laconic message of a conference* on the " nyu speling." It was practically a case of preaching to fclio converted, for only ono dissentient voice was raised, and that belonged to a gentleman who was a member o? tho "great republic of letters." Ho protested against any change in spoiling ami instanced the word " authoiiiy." That, he argued, was derived from tho Latin " auctor," | and he suggested that the derivation of the word would bo missed altogether if it were altered to " orthoriti." But his instance was ill-selected in view of the " nyu spclers,"' one of whom, " Professor " Ripmann, politely and firmly pointed out that tho root had become distorted' in its Anglicisation.

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"Guardian" Office., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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"Guardian" Office. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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