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  • n. Plural form of usagist.


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  • Lexicographers and usagists take no sides, but as reflected by the search engines, the neutral climate change has put a chill into the scarier global warming.

    Global warming, global weirding, or what?

  • Loosey-goosey usagists say that the distinction is all but erased, and some great writers have even used the misleading construction is comprised of, but I belong on the ramparts on this one.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Though a lexicographer would disagree a dictator can be empowered to invade a neighbor and a surgeon enabled to save a life, usagists understand that latest connotation.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Mr. Reid and his conjunctionite buddies do not have only the Oxford usagists behind their stiff-upper-lip stand.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • When Senator-elect Charles Schumer of New York told the Judiciary Committee that the President had already made a “fulsome apology”—intended to mean “copious, complete, full”—usagists such as Alistair Cooke winced.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • It does; even loosey-goosey usagists say that when it has a single object like you, “it typically carries overtones of disparagement.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • And wobbling, too, now and then; like most usagists, Fowler adjusts his principles to suit his preferences, sometimes ignoring etymology, say, and other times insisting on its relevance.

    Boston Globe -- Ideas section

  • It's true that American usagists and literati of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were defensive about Americanisms, fearful of sounding like hayseeds to their British counterparts. Top Stories

  • The poet Coleridge announced in 1814 that he would reintroduce Milton’s word “to express in one word what belongs to the senses”; ever since, usagists have differentiated sensual, “indulgent in physical pleasure,” from sensuous, “descriptive of aesthetic appreciation.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • To reach a decision, let us turn to the great guiding principle of English grammar, revered by linguistic sages, eminent lexicographers and the most useful usagists: “No matter how ‘correct’ it may be, if it sounds funny to the ear of the native speaker, it ain’t right.”

    No Uncertain Terms


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