A New Guide to the English Tongue in Five Parts.

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Creator

Thomas Dilworth

Title

A New Guide to the English Tongue in Five Parts.

Publisher

Unattested London ed.: 1793

Date

[1st ed. 1740?]

Coverage

London

Description

This 138-page primer is the first English-language book to combine a speller, a grammar, and a reader—a formula later copied by James Buchanan (in one volume), Noah Webster (in three volumes), and Lindley Murray (also in three). Dilworth (1710–1780) listed 200 potentially confusing homophones, such as “Board, a plank, Bor’d, made a hole.” Posthumously, Dilworth was remembered for his namesake ghost who boisterously accused Noah Webster of plagiarism.