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simon

simon has written 514 posts for readersvoice.com

Norton Mockridge p1

READERSVOICE.COM presents a few samples from out of print and sometimes forgotten books. This issue features  A Funny Thing Happened… by Norton Mockridge (1915-2004), published in 1966 by Fawcett. Mr Mockridge was a New York newspaper columnist and journalist. The book is a collection of true anecdotes of life, mainly in New York, in the […]

Norton Mockridge p2

READERSVOICE.COM continues with more items from New York newspaper columnist Norman Mockridge’s book A Funny Thing Happened…, published in 1966. A lower Manhattan restaurant owner gets mad if you put a pack of matches advertising another restaurant on his table. Usually he tears off the cover. “If you do that,” I told him, “a customer […]

Norton Mockridge p3

READERSVOICE.COM continues with some humorous samples from A Funny Thing Happened… by 1960s New York columnist Norton Mockridge… A smartly dressed lady stood at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street the other afternoon trying to get a cab. Eventually one came up the avenue with no one in the back, and she waved her hand like […]

10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few samples from out of print or forgotten books. It’s a preview of secondhand books. Lewis and Faye Copeland compiled a book of jokes and other funny snippets in 1939, republished by Doubleday in hardback in 1965. It’s called 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories. One section is a collection of […]

10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories p2

READERSVOICE.COM aims to provide samples from old and out of print books. Humorous books may appear. Here are some more howlers from 10, 000 Jokes, Toasts, and Stories, edited by Lewis and Faye Copeland, first published in 1939. There are actually 10,065 items. But they make no apology for that.    Everybody knows now where […]

10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories p3

READERSVOICE.COM aims to highlight some samples from old and out of print books. This issue focuses on some of the howlers featured in one section of 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories, edited by Lewis and Faye Copeland, from 1939. Peace or war deemed near. – Oshcosh (Wis) paper. “Leonore” only opera Beethoven wrote on Monday […]

Old grammar books p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few samples from old books, especially out of print or even forgotten books.  Merry Christmas. A lot of old books have valuable information that you can’t obtain in newer publications. For example, old books on grammar include a lot of things that modern grammar books don’t go near. Take McDougall’s […]

Old grammar books p2

Here is a passage from Cambridge Lessons in English. Book II. Teacher’s Edition, by George Sampson, published 1929. It covers how nouns are sometimes classified according to their role in the sentence and their relationship to other nouns in the sentence: Nominative and Objective. A noun or pronoun, subject of a sentence, is in the […]

Old grammar books p3

Something one doesn’t find in modern grammar books is any mention of thou, thine, thee, and ye. In McDougall’s Complete Grammar, from 1913, they cover these personal pronouns. They are rarely used these days, except in some parts of England. Thou and thee are singular in number, and ye is plural in number. Pronouns in […]

Old grammar books p4

Here are some more examples of the use of thee and thou.  Verbs also change when used with these pronouns. McDougall’s Complete Grammar gives the examples for the verbs “Speak” and “Be”. Verbs are sometimes classified according to moods. McDougall’s says that: “A Verb in the Indicative Mood expresses a real occurrence, or it asks […]