Mistakes and Corrections [including “Errors in English Grammars”].

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Creator

Noah Webster

Title

Mistakes and Corrections [including “Errors in English Grammars”].

Publisher

B.L. Hamlen

Date

1837

Coverage

New Haven

Description

Webster the vitriolic pedant, often in error, is on full display here, mostly attacking Lindley Murray. He was exercised about articles and conjunctions:

  • “It is not true that a becomes an before a vowel.. . . It is not true that an or a is an indefinite article.”
  • “How preposterous it is [for Murray] to single out the as a part of speech different from this and that.”
  • “It is one of the most unaccountable things in the history of literature that the two uses of the pronoun that should not have been explained long before.”