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January 9, 1904

The Worth of Words.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(2):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490470040019

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This book is made entertaining by the author's pointed and humorous style and by his frequent use of pertinent anecdote. We agree with a certain reviewer of the book who regretted the title given it, because he feared that it would keep the book away from a great many persons who ought to read it, and from many more who would delight in it. But to recommend Dr. Bell as an authority is another matter. It is a delicate undertaking to sit in judgment on the constantly changing English language, of which some one has well said that it is hard to tell which is the rule and which the exception. Dr. Bell says he is not dogmatic; we fear some would so describe him. At least, he is partial and inconsistent in some particulars, for example: he condemns telegram, but admits telegraph; while he approves epigram, epigraph, monogram and

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