A Desk-Book of Errors in English


A Desk-Book of

Errors in English

Including Notes on Colloquialisms and Slang
to be Avoided in Conversation

By Frank H. Vizetelly, Litt.D., LL.D.

Managing Editor of "Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary
of the English Language"; Author of "Essentials of
English Speech and Literature," Etc.


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Copyright, 1906 and 1920, by

[Printed in the United States of America]

Copyright Under the Articles of the Copyright Convention
of the Pan-American Republics and the United States,
August 11, 1910

Published January 1, 1920

All Rights Reserved


The fact that this little book has passed through many editions, and now enters on a new one in revised form, is ample answer to its writer's prayer when, with the aid of his Publishers, he launched it on an uncertain voyage over the seas of time—

"Go, little book, God send thee good passage.
And specially let this be thy prayer:
Unto them all that thee will read or hear.
Where thou art wrong, after their help to call,
Thee to correct in any part or all."


It is with sincere gratitude to the Publishers that the author acknowledges the results achieved to have been due wholly to their kindly interest and indefatigable efforts. He ventures to hope that this new edition, and such subsequent editions as time may require, will be found to measure fully up to the expectations of the discriminating Public on which it depends for support.

F. H. V.

New York, January, 1920.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925.

The author died in 1938, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.