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words : too many, 4

Have you too many words ? I have       1
on paper, too, many words       2
Have you too many words?       3
too many metaphysics,
too many metaphors,
and vastly too many words       4
embraced under four heads : Too many words ; too few       5
of too many words each day. One or two       6
too many words or not the right ones       7
Words: Too Many; Too Few       8
Usually too many words       9
too many theories       10
of anything more than too many words       11
there is a lack of meaning and a lack of tone. And one feels that the reason for this is that there have been too many words in his upbringing and too little real experience. He has not been given time to find out what the word means for him.       12
too many words... through the tangle of words       13
most callers waste far too many words in an effort to describe details better left to the imagination of the listener.       14


  1. ex Thirteeenth Lesson, [Heinrich Gottfried] Ollendorff’s New Method of learning to read, write, and speak the French Language : with the lessons divided into sections of a proper length for daily tasks, and nuerous corrections, additions, and improvements, by V. Value. To which are added Value’s System of French Pronunciation, his grammatical synopsis, a new index, and short models of commercial correspondence. (New-York, 1853) : 65
  2. ex Margaret J(ane). M(ussey). Sweat (1823-1908 *). Ethel’s Love-Life : A Novel. (New York, 1859) : 177
    see (reader’s? librarian’s?) notes in front and back of this BL copy (digitized January 15, 2015)
  3. Ollendorff’s New Method of Learning to Read, Write, and Speak the French Language... and Numerous Corrections, Additions, and Improvements, Suitable for this Country. (1860)
    snippet only
    on Ollendorf (1803-65), see wikipedia
  4. ex The Living Age 108 (1871) : 771 (snippet view only)
  5. ex [G. A.] Gaskell’s Compendium of Forms : Educational, Social, Legal and Commercial, embracing a complete self-teaching course in penmanship and bookkeeping, and aid to English composition; together with the laws and by-laws of social, etiquette and business laws and commercial forms, a manual of agriculture, mechanics and mining, and, a guide to parliamentary practice, the whole forming a complete encylopedia of reference. Elegantly illustrated. (Fifteenth Edition, Chicago and New York, 1882) : 35
    on Gaskell (1844-85), scroll down at Examining Letters of Love and Courtship (ca 2008)
  6. ex Chas. Van Dorn, “Primary Reading,” in Pub. School Journal, recycled in The Ohio Educational Monthly and the National Teacher 41:12 (December 1892) : 643-45 (644)
  7. ex H(enry). C. Allen (1836-1909 *). Keynotes and Characteristics with Comparisons of some of the Leading Remedies of the Materia Medica (Second edition, revised and enlarged; 1899) : 161
    under entry for Lac caninum. Dog’s Milk
  8. ex G(eorge). R(ice). Carpenter. Elements of Rhetoric and English Composition : First High School Course (1899) : 158
  9. ex F. E. Parlin (Quincy, Mass), “Steps Observed in the Method of Teaching Spelling.” In The Intelligence : A Semi-monthly Journal of Education (April 1, 1903) : 254-255
  10. ex Hermann Boeker, M.D. “Autointoxication,” in Medical Brief : A monhtly journal of practical medicine. 40:11 (November 1912) : 696-699
  11. ex (article apparently about Japan), in The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art (1914) : snippet view only
  12. ex Dorothy Tudor Owen (Mrs. Douglas Truman). The Child Vision : Being a study in mental development & expression (Manchester, 1920) : 11
    discussed in David Shayer, The Teaching of English in Schools : 1900-1970, in section entitled “Dorothy Tudor Owen and the psychology of expression” (1972) : 53-55
  13. ex “Language often used instead of thought. Words, both in sound and meaning, must accord with idea expressed — even good style will not replace clean-cut views.” In Fourth Estate : A Weekly Newspaper for Publishers. (November 26, 1921) : 25
  14. ex a digression on (horse) race calling, in Gerald Murnane, Something for the Pain : A Memoir of the Turf (2015) : 71

29 May 2020

tags: clean-cut views; too many words; Gerald Murnane; Dorothy Tudor Owen