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[The words contained in the subjoined list are frequently mispronounced. The correction is purposely omitted, in order that it may be made by the pupil himself on consulting a dictionary. It is thought that a little pains in looking out the word, will be more likely to make him remember the correction. A portion of the list may be given with each of the reading lessons, until the whole is thoroughly impressed on the memory.]

Words. Mispronounced. Words. Mispronounced. Again Agane buoy

boy allies alleys burst

bust aisle alley been

ben are air bleat

blaat apprentice printice boil

bile arbitrary arbitary bonnet

bunnet architect ch as in church beard

baird archives do. do. buoyant boyant arctic artic

Camphor Camfire altercation awltercation caterpillar catapiller ague agur

children childern abutment butment cloyed clyde arrearage rearage causeway crossway anatomy notamy chimney chimbly artificer artifisser coiled quirled asylum as-ylum


commit-teé attacked attackted compensate cóm-pensate - axletree exeitree conceit

consate andiron handiron conference confrence another a-nother construe

conster appraise apprize considerable considable arithmetic rethmetic corps

corpse asparagus sparrow-grass cover

kiver alternately awlternately curtsey curchy Baptist Babtist

covetous covechus baptise babtize curiosity curosity believe blieve

cupola cupelo beneficent benificent crevice

crivice blindfold blinefold

curse roisterous boistrous Jcellar




Words. copperplate Discipline does doth dandruff dare not, or durst not daunt drain drought drowned decorous demonstrate English European extempore edge ere elm Father February fanatic fellow fearful foliage far fiend first Girth goal gum grudge generous genuine geography governor gum-arabic genera]

Mispronounced. copyplate Disciplīne dooz doath dander darsent dawnt dreen drouth drownded deckerous démonstrate Eng-lish Európean extem-pore age ear elum Fath-er* Febuary fán-atic feller ferful foilage fur fend fust Girt gool goom begrutch ginerous ginuine jography govenor gum-arabac gineral

Words. Mispronounced. gossip gossup Hiss

Siss hoist

histe homely humbly harsh

hash horse

hoss haunt

hawnt hideous heejus hither

hether hollow

holler hoof

huff humor

humor hundred hunderd hatchel hetchel half

haf home

hum helm

helum heaven heay-un Instead Instid Indian Injun January Jinnuary ljoint

jinte joist

jice just

jest ljaundice jaunders Kettle

Kitile knob

nub Loam

loom lid

led lilach

laylock Martingal Martingale massacring massacreing matress

matrass mellow meller mercury marcury metheglin methiglin mischievous mischeevious maintenance maintainance

* An affected and very flat pronunciation of this venerable word, never heard until lately.


Words. Mispronounced. Words. Mispronounced. mermaid maremaid seamstress seemstress mountainous mountainious second

secont muskmelon mushmelon sabbath-day sabbaday money-purse money-puss


shet Necessitated Necessiated since

sense northward nothard sit

set nothing nawthing slothful slawthful nowise noways sat

sot Oil Ile shoot

shute oblige obleege slaver or slabber slobber obstreperous obstroperous steadfast steadfast offering offring spoliation spoilation Panther Painter sewed

sued partner pardner soot

sut partridge patridge spoil

spile pincers pinchers


stun plait pleet stamp

stomp portentous portenchous sword


sich pompion or pumpkin, pungkin sauce

saas potion portion


sac-ri-fis precedence présedence

isaucer prophecy prophesỹ sausage sassage Quoit Quate Tariff

Tā-rif quash squash tassell

tossel quay quay

tedious tejus Retrograde Retrogade terrestrial terrestial rapine ra-pine towards to-wards raillery

ra-lery trophy troffy really ra-ly


fill rear rare thirsty

thusty reptile reptile

trebled thribbled rid red

torment tawment rheumatism rheumatiz tour

tower rind rīne

treatises treaties rinse rense

tremendous tremenduous rosin rozzum

trepan trappan roof ruff turnip

turnup rather ruther

Volume Vollom realm realum Were

Ware Sacred

Sac-red whinny whinner scarce scace Yearn





The introductory lessons should be thoroughly practised upon, until the scholars have perfectly mastered the subject of inflections, and are able readily to distinguish them by the ear, and execute them with the voice.

When a reading lesson is finished, they should be required to give some account of what they have been reading about, and be questioned on each part in detail. Their attention should be directed to any passage or sentiment in the lesson, which is beautiful or striking, and no pains be spared to make them think, and exercise their own taste. Scholars should be required to define every word in the lesson, the meaning of which they would not be likely to know without consulting a dictionary, and to give a definition, which being substituted for the word itself, will preserve the sense of the sentence. This exercise is highly useful and improving.

Orthography may also be best learned from the reading lesson ; and a part of the regular exercise should be, to spell all the more difficult words. In learning orthography and definitions, a reading book is preferable to a dictionary or a spelling book, because the words occur with their inflections ; such as the person of verbs, the number and case of nouns, &c., and because, they are more likely to be words in frequent use, and on that account most important to be known. Moreover, the exact import and force of a term is best learned from its connection with others in a sentence; whereas, in a dictionary, words stand detached, with no relation to each other but that of alphabetic succession





I. The first requisite to good reading, is distinctarticulation; or the giving to every letter in a word, itsappropriate sound, so as to make it distinctly perceptible to the ear. This contributes far more to being well heard and distinctly understood, than mere loudness or strength of voice. Much of the wear and tear of lungs might be spared, if public speakers would bestow more attention on the cultivation of their organs, and the acquiring of the power of distinct articulation, and rely less upon vociferation, to make themselves audible.

II. One very common fault of articulation, is that of clipping or suppressing certain letters in a word or syllable; as, consis for consists, mornin for morning, victry for victory, correcly for correctly, blieve for believe, distincly for distinctly, predics for predicts, evry for every, reglar for regular.

Words which are sometimes articulated indistinctly. Gifts, rests, amends, prevail, numerous, communicatively, lifts,

casts, clothes, prevent, commandments, authoritatively, defects, facts, fields, proceed, offerings, terrestrial, persists, softly, friends, belong, utterance


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