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A Lark's Flight, by Alexander Smith - Reflections on Capital Punishment - Classic British Essay - From Dreamthorp by Alexander Smith
In the opening paragraphs of

A Lark's Flight, by Alexander Smith - Reflections on Capital Punishment - Classic British Essay - From Dreamthorp by Alexander Smith
In the opening paragraphs of

A Lark's Flight, by Alexander Smith - Reflections on Capital Punishment - Classic British Essay - From Dreamthorp by Alexander Smith
In the opening paragraphs of

On Being an Alien, by Robert Lynd - Classic Essays - From "The Passion of Labour" by Robert Lynd
In his essay

Red-Bloods and Mollycoddles, by G. Lowes Dickinson - Classic British Essays - Comparison of Two Kinds of Men
In the essay

Red-Bloods and Mollycoddles, by G. Lowes Dickinson - Classic British Essays - Comparison of Two Kinds of Men
In the essay

Exercise, by A. Bronson Alcott - Classic American Essays - A Fragment From Alcott's "Table-Talk"
Amos Bronson Alcott was a passionate educator, abolitionist, and advocate for women's rights in mid-19th century New England.

A Note on the Essay, by Carl Van Doren - Essays on the Essay
In this

The New Year by George William Curtis - Classic American Essays - Essay by George William Curtis on the New Year
In this reflective essay, originally published in 1887, George William Curtis uses the occasion of the new year to challenge conventional ideas about youth and age. You may find it rewarding to compare Curtis's essay with Charles Lamb's

The New Year by George William Curtis (page two) - Classic American Essays - Essay by George William Curtis on the New Year
In this reflective essay, originally published in 1887, George William Curtis uses the occasion of the new year to challenge conventional ideas about youth and age. You may find it rewarding to compare Curtis's essay with Charles Lamb's

The Passing of the Essay, by Agnes Repplier - Classic American Essays - Agnew Repplier
Although largely forgotten today, Agnes Repplier was for several decades one of America's most popular essayists. She wrote this spirited defense of the

The Passing of the Essay, by Agnes Repplier (page two) - Classic American Essays - Agnew Repplier
Although largely forgotten today, Agnes Repplier was for several decades one of America's most popular essayists. She wrote this spirited defense of the

The Dignity of Mechanical Art, by John Ruskin - Classic British Essays - Excerpt From "The Cestus of Aglaia" by John Ruskin
In this excerpt from the opening of John Ruskin's

The Dignity of Mechanical Art, by John Ruskin (page two) - Classic British Essays - Excerpt From "The Cestus of Aglaia" by John Ruskin
In this excerpt from the opening of John Ruskin's

A Lark's Flight, by Alexander Smith - Reflections on Capital Punishment - Classic British Essay - From Dreamthorp by Alexander Smith
In the opening paragraphs of

January in the Sussex Woods, by Richard Jefferies - Classic British Essays -From "The Life of the Fields" by Richard Jefferies
Combining close observation with personal reflection, Jefferies writes lyrically (but not sentimentally) about the migratory impulses of birds and people

January in the Sussex Woods, by Richard Jefferies (page two) - Classic British Essays -From "The Life of the Fields" by Richard Jefferies
Combining close observation with personal reflection, Jefferies writes lyrically (but not sentimentally) about the migratory impulses of birds and people. Page 2.

January in the Sussex Woods, by Richard Jefferies (page three) - Classic British Essays -From "The Life of the Fields" by Richard Jefferies
Combining close observation with personal reflection, Jefferies writes lyrically (but not sentimentally) about the migratory impulses of birds and people. Page 3.

A Country Apothecary, by Mary Russell Mitford - Classic British Essays - Character Sketch From "Our Village" by Mary Russell Mitford
Born in the small town of Alresford in Hampshire, England, Mary Russell Mitford supported her family by writing novels, plays, poems, and--most memorably--essays focused on everyday village life.

A Country Apothecary, by Mary Russell Mitford (page two) - Classic British Essays - Character Sketch From "Our Village" by Mary Russell Mitford
Born in the small town of Alresford in Hampshire, England, Mary Russell Mitford supported her family by writing novels, plays, poems, and--most memorably--essays focused on everyday village life. Page 2.

A Country Apothecary, by Mary Russell Mitford (page three) - Classic British Essays - Character Sketch From "Our Village" by Mary Russell Mitford
Born in the small town of Alresford in Hampshire, England, Mary Russell Mitford supported her family by writing novels, plays, poems, and--most memorably--essays focused on everyday village life. Page 3.

A Country Apothecary, by Mary Russell Mitford (page four) - Classic British Essays - Character Sketch From "Our Village" by Mary Russell Mitford
Born in the small town of Alresford in Hampshire, England, Mary Russell Mitford supported her family by writing novels, plays, poems, and--most memorably--essays focused on everyday village life. Page 4.

An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter - Classic Nature Essays - Excerpt from An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter
Published in the last year of Celia Thaxter's life,

An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter - Classic Nature Essays - Excerpt from An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter
Published in the last year of Celia Thaxter's life,

An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter - Classic Nature Essays - Excerpt from An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter
Published in the last year of Celia Thaxter's life,

At the Turn of the Year by William Sharp - Classic British Essays - Fiona MacLeod - Scottish Essayist


At the Turn of the Year by William Sharp (page two) - Classic British Essays - Fiona MacLeod - Scottish Essayist


Of the Passing of the First-Born, by W.E.B. Du Bois - Classic American Essays - From "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois
Du Bois's moving recollection of the birth and death of his son originally appeared as Chapter 11 of his revolutionary essay collection,

Of the Passing of the First-Born, by W.E.B. Du Bois (page two) - Classic American Essays - From "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois
Du Bois's moving recollection of the birth and death of his son originally appeared as Chapter 11 of his revolutionary essay collection,

On Going to Bed, by Christopher Morley - Classic British and American Essays -


Crooked Streets, by Hilaire Belloc - Classic British Essays
A prolific essayist and poet, British author Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) is also remembered for his travel books, religious writings, and nonsense verse for children. In

Crooked Streets, by Hilaire Belloc (page two) - Classic British Essays
A prolific essayist and poet, British author Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) is also remembered for his travel books, religious writings, and nonsense verse for children. In

"On Knowing What Gives Us Pleasure," by Samuel Butler - Classic British Essays - Classic Essays, Speeches, and Letters
In the following essay, drawn from

On Keeping a Secret by William Cowper - Classic British Essays
In the essay

On Keeping a Secret by William Cowper (page two) - Classic British Essays - Essay by William Cowper
In the essay

"Intellectual Ambition," by George Santayana - Classic Essays
The nature of perception and thought, the subject of the short essay

Consideration of the Vanity and Shortness of Man's Life, by Jeremy Taylor - From "The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying" - Classic Essays
These passages from the opening chapter of

Consideration of the Vanity and Shortness of Man's Life, by Jeremy Taylor (page two) - From "The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying" - Classic Essays
These passages from the opening chapter of

The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln - Classic Essays and Speeches
In his historic Second Inaugural Address--just 700 words delivered in seven minutes--Abraham Lincoln gave what some have called a sermon and others his last will and testament to America.

The Maypole and the Column, by Maurice Hewlett - Classic British Essays - Hazlitt and Lamb
Early in the twentieth century, English novelist, poet, and essayist Maurice Hewlett was a popular writer of historical and romantic fiction. In

The Maypole and the Column, by Maurice Hewlett (page two) - Classic British Essays - Hazlitt and Lamb
Early in the twentieth century, English novelist, poet, and essayist Maurice Hewlett was a popular writer of historical and romantic fiction. In

The Patron and the Crocus, by Virginia Woolf - Classic British Essays - The Common Reader
Virginia Woolf considers the relationship between a writer and her readers: to what extent should a writer keep her audience in mind when she writes--and which audience should that be?

The Patron and the Crocus, by Virginia Woolf (page two) - Classic British Essays - The Common Reader
Virginia Woolf considers the relationship between a writer and her readers: to what extent should a writer keep her audience in mind when she writes--and which audience should that be? Page 2.

Rural Hours, by Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) - Classic British and American Essays - Passage from Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper
In recent years, especially since the republication of

Rural Hours, by Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) - Page Two -Classic British and American Essays
In recent years, especially since the republication of

Rural Hours, by Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) - Page Three - Classic British and American Essays
In recent years, especially since the republication of

"Outcasts in Salt Lake City," by James Weldon Johnson - Classic Essays - Rhetoric and Composition
In this excerpt from his autobiography, African-American poet James Weldon Johnson recounts a visit to Salt Lake City in 1905 and his encounters with overt discrimination.

"The Turbid Ebb and Flow of Misery," by Margaret Sanger - Classic Essays and Speeches - Autobiography of Margaret Sanger
In this chapter from her autobiography, Margaret Sanger relates how her social conscience was awakened by the plight of poverty-stricken young women who endured--and often eventually died from--the

"The Turbid Ebb and Flow of Misery," by Margaret Sanger (page two) - Classic Essays and Speeches - Autobiography of Margaret Sanger
In this chapter from her autobiography, Margaret Sanger relates how her social conscience was awakened by the plight of poverty-stricken young women who endured--and often eventually died from--the

"The Turbid Ebb and Flow of Misery," by Margaret Sanger (page three) - Classic Essays and Speeches - Autobiography of Margaret Sanger
In this chapter from her autobiography, Margaret Sanger relates how her social conscience was awakened by the plight of poverty-stricken young women who endured--and often eventually died from--the

The Aspect of London by Arthur Symons - Classic British Essays - Chapter One from London: A Book of Aspects
Arthur Symons' highly descriptive writing shows the influence of the impressionist painters he deeply admired. As critic Nicholas Freeman has observed,

The Aspect of London by Arthur Symons (page two) - Classic British Essays - Chapter One from London: A Book of Aspects
Arthur Symons' highly descriptive writing shows the influence of the impressionist painters he deeply admired. As critic Nicholas Freeman has observed,

The Aspect of London by Arthur Symons (page three) - Classic British Essays - Chapter One from London: A Book of Aspects
Arthur Symons' highly descriptive writing shows the influence of the impressionist painters he deeply admired. As critic Nicholas Freeman has observed,

"Under the Early Stars," by Alice Meynell - Classic Essays
In

The Tyranny of Things, by Edward Sandford Martin - Classic American Essays - Argument and Comparison
In

The Tyranny of Things, by Edward Sandford Martin (page 2) - Classic American Essays
In

The Tyranny of Things, by Edward Sandford Martin (page 3)
In

"The Story of a Garden," by Mabel Osgood Wright - Classic American Essays - Personification and Nature Writing
In

"The Story of a Garden," by Mabel Osgood Wright (page two) - Classic American Essays - Personification and Nature Writing
In

"The Story of a Garden," by Mabel Osgood Wright (page three) - Classic American Essays - Personification and Nature Writing
In

Reveries Over Childhood and Youth, by W.B. Yeats - Classic Essays - Descriptions and Anecdotes
As recounted in Chapter One of

Reveries Over Childhood and Youth, by W.B. Yeats (page two) - Classic Essays - Descriptions and Narration
As recounted in Chapter One of

Bathing in a Borrowed Suit, by Homer Croy - Classic American Essays - Comic Narrative
In this narrative essay (originally published in 1922), Croy blends understatement and hyperbole to great comic effect.

On the Street, by Emma Goldman - Classic American Essays - Passage From "Living My Life" by Emma Goldman
In this narrative passage from her autobiography,

On the Street, by Emma Goldman (page two) - Classic American Essays - Passage From "Living My Life" by Emma Goldman
In this narrative passage from her autobiography,

Street Yarn, by Walt Whitman (page two) - Classic American Essays - Lists in the Prose of Walt Whitman


Street Yarn by Walt Whitman - Classic American Essays - Lists in the Prose of Walt Whitman


The English House-Martin, by Gilbert White - Classic British Essays - Nature Writing
In the following letter-essay from

The English House-Martin, by Gilbert White (page two) - Classic British Essays - Nature Writing by Gilbert White
In the following letter-essay from

A Ramble From Richmond to London, by Richard Steele (page two) - Classic British Essays - Twenty-Four Hours in London
Originally published in the

A Ramble From Richmond to London, by Richard Steele - Classic British Essays - Twenty-Four Hours in London
Originally published in the

A Ramble From Richmond to London, by Richard Steele (page three) - Classic British Essays - Twenty-Four Hours in London
Originally published in the

On a Pleasing Encounter With a Pickpocket, by Louise Imogen Guiney (page two) - Classic American Essays - A Narrative Essay by Louise Imogen Guiney
Though she never achieved fame, Louise Imogen Guiney is admired today for her independent voice and graceful style. Her essay

On a Pleasing Encounter With a Pickpocket, by Louise Imogen Guiney - Classic American Essays - A Narrative Essay by Louise Imogen Guiney
Though she never achieved fame, Louise Imogen Guiney is admired today for her independent voice and graceful style. Her narrative essay

A Brother of St. Francis, by Grace Rhys - Classic Essays - Comparison of Humans and Pigs
In the short essay

Who Owns the Mountains? by Henry Van Dyke (page two) - Classic British and American Essays and Speeches
In

The Writing of Essays, by Charles S. Brooks (page two) - Classic British and American Essays
In this essay, American author Charles Stephen Brooks identifies the key characteristics of a good essayist--a reader, a thinker, and

The Two Children in Black, by William Makepeace Thackeray (page two) - Classic British Essays
In this narrative essay (or anecdote), which originally appeared (in longer form) in one of the

The Two Children in Black, by William Makepeace Thackeray - Classic British Essays - Narrative Essay
In this narrative essay (or anecdote), which originally appeared (in longer form) in one of the

Who Owns the Mountains? by Henry Van Dyke - Classic British and American Essays and Speeches
In

The Writing of Essays, by Charles S. Brooks - Classic British and American Essays
In this essay, American author Charles Stephen Brooks identifies the key characteristics of a good essayist--a reader, a thinker, and

A Happy Home, by Thomas De Quincey - Classic British Essays - Passage from "The Confessions of an English Opium Eater"


A Happy Home, by Thomas De Quincey (page two) - Classic British Essays - Passage from "The Confessions of an English Opium Eater"


London Coffee Houses, by Thomas Macaulay - Classic British Essays - Place Description
In this excerpt from his popular

Blakesmoor in H-----shire, by Charles Lamb - Classic British Essays - Essays of Elia
In

Blakesmoor in H-----shire, by Charles Lamb - Classic British Essays - Essays of Elia
In

Blakesmoor in H-----shire, by Charles Lamb - Classic British Essays - Essays of Elia
In

London by Henry James (page two) - Classic British and American Essays - Henry James on His First Visit to London
In this essay, American novelist Henry James recalls his first visit to the

London by Henry James (page three) - Classic British and American Essays - Henry James on His First Visit to London
In this essay, American novelist Henry James recalls his first visit to the

London by Henry James (page four) - Classic British and American Essays - Henry James on His First Visit to London
In this essay, American novelist Henry James recalls his first visit to the

London by Henry James - Classic British and American Essays - Henry James on His First Visit to London
In this essay, American novelist Henry James recalls his first visit to the

London by Henry James - Classic British and American Essays - Henry James on His First Visit to London
In this essay, American novelist Henry James recalls his first visit to the

Writers on Writing: The Meaning of Style - Quotations on Writing Style - Goldsmith, Wilde, Hardy, Butler, Porter, Mailer, Baldwin, and Vidal
Countless books on writing promise to teach us how to improve our style. Yet over the centuries, many professional writers have challenged this attitude toward writing, rejecting the notion that style is a distinct, separable quality that can be taught or learned.

William F. Buckley on Words - Quotations from William F. Buckley, Jr., on Vocabulary and the Use of Language
William F. Buckley, Jr., once wrote,

Bernard Levin on Writers and Writing - Quotations From British Journalist Bernard Levin
Bernard Levin was one of the most erudite, influential, and controversial journalists of his era. Here, in addition to offering some of Levin's observations on writers and writing, we have included a sentence in which he used 109 consecutive adjectives to describe the Conservative government of the day.

Bernard Levin on Writers and Writing (page two) - Quotations From British Journalist Bernard Levin
Bernard Levin was one of the most erudite, influential, and controversial journalists of his era. Here, in addition to offering some of Levin's observations on writers and writing, we have included a sentence in which he used 109 consecutive adjectives to describe the Conservative government of the day. Page 2.

Annie Dillard on Getting Started - Writers on Writing - The Courage to Write
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explains why an imperfect introduction--even one that's clumsy, wordy, boring, and vague--may be the best way to get your writing off the ground in a first draft:

Ingenious Subterfuge - An Extended Exercise in Double Entendre - Verbal Play by Charles C. Bombaugh
Under various titles, this extended exercise in double entendre was reprinted frequently throughout the middle decades of the 19th century. This version, titled

Toponyms - A Matching Quiz on Words Derived From Place Names - Toponymity


Toponyms - A Matching Quiz on Words Derived From Place Names - Toponymity - Answers to the Quiz


The Alphabet Poem from "The Admiral's Caravan" by Charles E. Carryl - Memorandum
This nonsensical alphabet poem is the daily

Flaunt and Flout - Definitions, Examples, Exercises - Commonly Confused Words - Flaunt versus Flout
To

Flaunt and Flout - Glossary of Usage - Commonly Confused Words - Flaunt versus Flout - Answers to Practice Exercises
To

Set and Sit - Commonly Confused Words - Glossary of Usage - Set versus Sit
The transitive verb

Set and Sit - Commonly Confused Words - Glossary of Usage - Set versus Sit - Answers to Practice Exercises
The transitive verb

Labels for Locals: A Quiz on Demonyms - Names Given to the Residents of a Place - Demonyms Quiz
Let's find out if you can tell the difference between a Cestrian and a Cytherean. Test your familiarity with demonyms by taking this quiz: match the place names with the names and nicknames for the people who live there.

William Cullen Bryant's List of Forbidden Words - The Index Expurgatorius of William Cullen Bryant - Annoying Words and Expressions
In 1877, during his long tenure as part owner and editor in chief of the

Neil Postman's Exercise in Etymology - Introducing Students to the History of the English Language
In this article, Neil Postman describes an engaging way of introducing students to etymology and the multicultural history of the English language.

Sentence Combining With Adjective Clauses - Rolling Along With Mr. Bill - Exercises in Building Sentences and Paragraphs
If you have read our introduction to sentence combining and practiced building sentences with adjective clauses, you're now ready for this paragraph-building exercise,

Sentence Combining With Adjective Clauses - Rolling Along With Mr. Bill (page two) - Exercises in Building Sentences and Paragraphs
If you have read our introduction to sentence combining and practiced building sentences with adjective clauses, you're now ready for this paragraph-building exercise,

e.g. and i.e. - commonly confused words and abbreviations - Answers to Practice Exercises
The abbreviation

Prophecy and Prophesy - Commonly Confused Words - Prophecy versus Prophesy
The noun

Prophecy and Prophesy - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The noun

Bloc and Block - Commonly Confused Words
The noun

Bloc and Block - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The noun

Contemptible and Contemptuous - Commonly Confused Words - Contemptible versus Contemptuous - Definitions, Examples, and Exercises
The adjective

Contemptible and Contemptuous - Commonly Confused Words - Contemptible versus Contemptuous - Definitions, Examples, and Exercises
The adjective

Exhort and Extort - Commonly Confused Words - Exhort versus Extort
The verb

Exhort and Extort - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The verb

Insidious and Invidious - Commonly Confused Words - Insidious versus Invidious
The adjective

Insidious and Invidious - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The adjective

Turbid, Turbulent, and Turgid - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises


Tortuous and Torturous - Commonly Confused Words - Tortuous versus Torturous
The adjective

Tortuous and Torturous - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The adjective

Wade and Weighed - Commonly Confused Words - Wade versus Weighed
The verb

Wade and Weighed - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The verb

Turbid, Turbulent, and Turgid - Commonly Confused Words - Definitions, Examples, and Exercises - Turbid, Turbulent, and Turgid -


Urban and Urbane - Commonly Confused Words - Urban versus Urbane
The adjective

Urban and Urbane - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises - Urban versus Urbane
The adjective

e.g. and i.e. - commonly confused words and abbreviations - e.g. versus i.e.
The abbreviation

Ingenious and Ingenuous - Glossary of Commonly Confused Words
The adjective

Ingenious and Ingenuous - Glossary of Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The adjective

Perquisite and Prerequisite - Commonly Confused Words - Perquisite versus Prerequisite
A

Perquisite and Prerequisite - Commonly Confused Words - Perquisite versus Prerequisite - Answers to Practice Exercises
A

Statue and Statute - Commonly Confused Words - Statue versus Statute - Answers to Practice Exercises
A

Statue and Statute - Commonly Confused Words - Statue versus Statute
A

Temerity and Timidity - Commonly Confused Words - Temerity versus Timidity
The noun

Temerity and Timidity - Commonly Confused Words - Temerity versus Timidity - Answers to Practice Exercises
The noun

Defective and Deficient - Commonly Confused Words - Defective versus Deficient
The adjective

Defective and Deficient (page two) - Commonly Confused Words - Defective versus Deficient
The adjective

Militate and Mitigate - Commonly Confused Words - Mitigate vs. Militate


Militate and Mitigate - Commonly Confused Words - Mitigate vs. Militate


Dazed and Dazzled - Commonly Confused Words - Dazed versus Dazzled


Dazed and Dazzled (page two) - Commonly Confused Words - Dazed versus Dazzled


Venal and Venial - Commonly Confused Words - Venal versus Venial
The adjective

Venal and Venial - Commonly Confused Words - Venal versus Venial
The adjective

Stanch and Staunch - Commonly Confused Words - Stanch versus Staunch
The verb

Stanch and Staunch - Commonly Confused Words - Answers to Practice Exercises
The verb

Reluctant and Reticent - Commonly Confused Words - Reluctant versus Reticent
The adjective

Reluctant and Reticent - Commonly Confused Words - Reluctant versus Reticent - Answers to Practice Exercises
The adjective

Ceiling and Sealing - Commonly Confused Words - Ceiling versus Sealing
The noun

Ceiling and Sealing - Commonly Confused Words - Ceiling versus Sealing
The noun

A Defense of Slang, by Gelett Burgess - Essays on Language - American Essays
In

New Words, by Brander Matthews - Part Two of "Is the English Language Deteriorating?" by Brander Matthews - Essays on the English Language
In this excerpt from the essay

A Defense of Slang, by Gelett Burgess (page two) - Essays on Language - American Essays
In

The Case for Spelling Reform, by Benjamin Franklin - Essays on the English Language
In this letter, composed while he was living in London, Benjamin Franklin defends his proposal to reform English spelling through the creation of a phonologically based alphabet.

effictio - definition and examples of effictio or effectio
Personal description; a head-to-toe inventory of a person's physical attributes or charms.

Thomas Hardy on the Secret of a Living Style
Thomas Hardy on the Secret of a Living Style

tautophony - definition and examples of tautophony
Excessive repetition of the same vowel or consonant sound.

inverse spelling - definition and examples of inverse spelling or back spelling
An unconventional spelling of a word that results from an etymologically false analogy with another word

subvocalizing - definition and examples of subvocalizing
Saying words silently to oneself while reading.

univocalic - definition and examples of univocalics
A text that uses only one vowel.

lipogram - definition and examples of lipogram
A text that purposefully excludes a particular letter of the alphabet.

sermon - definition and examples of sermons
A form of public discourse on a religious or moral subject, usually delivered as part of a church service.

apocope - definition and examples of apocope in English
A rhetorical term for the omission of one or more sounds or syllables from the end of a word.

hypallage - definition and examples of hypallage
A figure of speech in which an adjective or participle (an epithet) grammatically qualifies a noun other than the person or thing it is actually describing.

charactonym - definition and examples of charactonym
A name that suggests the personality traits of a fictional character.

Welsh English - Definition and Examples of Welsh English
A variety of the English language that is used in Wales.

sesquipedalian - definition and examples of sesquipedalian language
Given to the use of long words. Grammar & Composition.

Briticism - Definition and Examples of Briticisms or Britishism
A word or phrase that is typical of English as it is used in Britain.

downtoner - definition and examples of downtoners
A degree adverb that decreases the effect of a modified item.

catalog - rhetorical definition and examples of catalogs
See

clipped form - definition and examples of clipped form
See

demonstrative adjective - definition and examples of demonstrative adjectives
See

demonstrative pronoun - definition and examples of demonstrative pronouns in English
See

functional shift - definition and examples of functional shift
See

hedge - definition and examples of hedge
See

subordinator - definition and examples of subordinator
See

theoretical linguistics - definition and examples of theoretical linguistics
See

weak verb - definition and examples of weak verb
See

word manufacture - definition and examples of word manufacture
See

shortening - definition and examples of shortening - clipping
See

headlinese - definition and examples of headlinese
The abbreviated style of newspaper headlines, a register characterized by short words, cliches, and ellipsis.

orthophemism - definition and examples of orthophemism
Straight talk; direct or neutral expressions that are not sweet-sounding, evasive, or overly polite (euphemistic), nor harsh, blunt, or offensive (dysphemistic).

splinter - definition and examples of splinters in morphology
In morphology, a splinter is a fragment of a word used in the formation of new words.

canons of rhetoric - definition and examples of canons of rhetoric - glossary of rhetorical terms
See rhetorical canons. Grammar & Composition.

nominal clause - definition and examples of nominal clause
See noun clause. Grammar & Composition.

reference grammar - definition and examples of reference grammar in English
A description of the grammar of a language, with explanations of the principles governing the construction of words, phrases, clauses, and sentences.

suspension point - definition and examples of suspension point
See ellipsis points. Grammar & Composition.

syntactic blend - definition and examples of syntactic blend
See anacoluthon. Grammar & Composition.

What Is Invective? - Desmond McCarthy on Invective - Definitions
The following short essay by British critic and literary journalist Desmond McCarthy identifies the strengths and ultimate weaknesses of invective.

logical punctuation - definition and examples of logical punctuation and grammatical punctuation
A system of punctuation determined by the grammatical structure of a sentence and its meaning.

elegant variation - definition and examples of elegant variation - Fowler on needless synonyms
A phrase coined by Henry W. Fowler to refer to the excessive use of synonyms to mean a single thing.

Japanese English - Definition and Examples of Japanese English
Speech or writing in English that shows the influence of Japanese language and culture.

African-American rhetoric - definition and examples of African-American rhetoric
The art of persuasion and effective communication as practiced by African-Americans.

logodaedaly - definition and examples of logodaedaly
(1) The skillful or clever use of words. (2) The arbitrary or capricious coinage of words.

synathroesmus - definition and examples of synathroesmus
The piling up of adjectives, often in the spirit of invective.

lingo - definition and examples of lingo
(1) An informal term for the special vocabulary of a particular group or field. (2) Language or speech that is perceived as strange or unintelligible.

intensification - definition and examples of intensification in rhetoric
In rhetoric, a type of amplification in which an idea is emphasized or a feeling heightened through restatement, expansion, detailed illustration, or other device.

antirrhesis--definitions and examples of antirrhesis
Rejecting an argument because of its insignificance, error, or wickedness.

hypergraphia - definition and examples of hypergraphia
A neurological phenomenon (usually associated with temporal lobe epilepsy) that is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to write.

syngnome - definition and examples of syngnome
The rhetorical strategy of forgiving an injury (real or perceived).

implicature - definition and examples of implicature
See

tail - definition and examples of tail - glossary of grammatical terms - what is a grammatical tail?
In linguistics, a word or phrase at the end of a clause by which a speaker or writer clarifies, strengthens, extends, or emphasizes a topic that was previously introduced.

header - definition and examples of header - glossary of grammatical terms
In linguistics, a noun phrase or clause positioned in front of a clause and followed by one or more pronouns that refer back to the noun phrase.

exuscitatio - definition and examples of exuscitatio
An emotional utterance that seeks to move an audience to a similar feeling.

allonym - definition and examples of allonym
The name of a person (usually a historical person) assumed by a writer as a pen name or alias.

hybrid - definition and examples of hybrid
A word made up of elements (or morphemes) from different languages

endophora - definition and examples of endophora
The use of a third-person pronoun or other word or phrase to refer to someone or something inside the same text.

amphigory - definition and examples of amphigory
A nonsensical piece of writing, especially one that parodies a serious piece of writing.

performance grammar - definition and examples of performance grammars
A description of the syntax of English as it is actually used by speakers in spontaneous dialogues.

Chinese rhetoric - definition and examples of Chinese rhetoric
The practice and study of persuasive discourse in China.

extension - definition and examples of extension
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generative rhetoric - definition and examples of generative rhetoric
A composing method that aims to develop the syntactic fluency of students through controlled writing practice.

Paragraphs & Essays
Guidelines for composing effective paragraphs and essays.

Australianism - Definition and Examples of Australianisms
An English word or phrase--or a feature of grammar, spelling, or pronunciation--that originated in Australia and/or is used primarily by Australians.

metastasis - definition and examples of metastasis
A rhetorical term for shifting responsibility or blame, or turning an objection back against itself.

rhetor - definition and examples of rhetor
(1) A speaker or writer. (2) A teacher of rhetoric.

chreia - definition and examples of chreia
An elementary exercise, or progymnasmata, in which the speaker or writer comments briefly on a famous event or saying.

aliteracy - definition and examples of aliteracy
The condition of being able to read but being uninterested in doing so.

Essay Introductions - 60 Essays - Models of Good Writing
One of the most effective ways to improve our own writing is to spend time reading the best writing of others. This collection of 60 essays, speeches, and articles from the past 400 years offers some very good reading indeed.

Grammar & Composition Resources for Writers and Teachers
Learn more about grammar and composition from these online writing labs, ESL sites, editors' blogs, Q&A pages, and much more.

Choosing the Correct Word: Clearing Up Common Confusions
It's easy to confuse words that are similar in sound, spelling, or meaning. But with a bit of review it's also easy to clear up such confusions. Here you will find some commonly confused words--with definitions, examples, and practice exercises.

Draft: Developing an Argument Essay
Guided by the plan you drew up in Preparing an Argument, you will practice drafting paragraphs that support your proposal, using information that is specific, accurate, and relevant to your main point.

Draft a Descriptive Paragraph of a Belonging
Once you have carefully probed the item you selected in step one of this project, you are ready to draft a paragraph that describes your belonging.

Logical Reasoning in Argument Essays
To be convincing, an argument must be based on solid evidence and sound reasoning. Here we will review some common logical fallacies to test the validity of our arguments.

Discovery Strategy: Probing Your Topic
One way to generate details for a descriptive paragraph is to [i]probe[/i] your topic: answer specific questions about it. This discovery strategy should help you to create a long list of precise descriptive details.

Revising and Editing an Argument Essay
Once we have checked the draft of our argument essay to make sure that our points are logically valid and clearly supported, we can revise and edit the essay for emphasis, organization, clarity, and correctness.