By H. W. Fowler
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Fell says in 6 words what it takes the famous rhyme 2 4 to say. / am a. to provides a convenient middle course between the stilted / have an instinctive antipathy to and the colloquial / have a thing about. But, like most popularized technicalities, these are becoming VOGUE WORDS, apt to displace common words that might be more suitable, such as dislike, repugnance, aversion. alliteration. The purposive use in a phrase or sentence of words beginning with or containing the same letter or sound. A/ter li/e's /it/ul/ever; In a summer season when soft was the sun.
Not that the ignorant are now the only offenders; the following quotations are taken respectively from the title of a serious book, a review in the T L S , a speech by a Trade Union leader, and a speech by a Cabinet Minister. The SS: Alibi of a Nation. / It is doubtful whether an audience even of Mr. Wilso7i's coevals and juniors could be stimulated by a tract like this to anything but an extension of that bored mistrust of their elders which already provides so many of them with an alibi, j If people decide not to run after they have been nominated, that must not be used as an alibi to discredit the elected representatives of the people.
M. Trevelyan). / He had pronounced and aggravating views on what the United States was doing for the world (Graham Greene). / Then he tried to be less aggravating (E. M. Forster). / Syngman Rhee has made it plain that he will go to any lengths to aggravate the communists into a renewal of the fighting ( The New Statesman). It is time to recognize that usage has beaten the grammarians, as it so often does, and that the condemnation of this use of aggravate has become a FETISH. After all, the extension from aggravating a person's temper to aggravating the person himself is slight and natural, and when we are told that Wackford Squeers pinched the boys in aggravating places we may reasonably infer that his choice of places aggravated both the pinches and the boys.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler