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" I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance of its construction, and something to the harmony... "
The Scots Magazine - Seite 435
1752
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - 1999 - 1136 Seiten
...conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library. in The Rambler no. 106 (23 March 1751) 22 1 have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. in The Rambler no. 208 (14...
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Registering the Difference: Reading Literature Through Register

Lance St. John Butler - 1999 - 215 Seiten
...language so that it could become as fit a vehicle for high thoughts as Latin. Johnson claimed that he had 'laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms and irregular combinations' (Rambler, 14 March 1752)....
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - 2000 - 580 Seiten
...improvise. Otto Jespersen, 1946, 'Standards of Correctness', in Mankind, Nation and Individual, Ch. 5 8:39 I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Samuel Johnson, 14 March...
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Alternative Histories of English

Richard J. Watts, Peter Trudgill - 2002 - 280 Seiten
...language was of paramount importance in the eighteenth century. Johnson (1752: 395) tells his readers that I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 Seiten
...Renaissance concern with linguistic purity; we can hear it clearly in Johnson's declaration that he has "laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations.'"7 As England began searching...
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Outlines of the History of the Engllish Language

...the final sentence of mankind, I have at least endeavoured to deserve their kindness. The Rambler. I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have...
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