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ORTHOGRAPHY.

that species of the sublime which borders very closely on the ridiculous; as,

"Aldiborontiphoscophormio,
Where left's thou Chrononhotonthologos?

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All words are either primitive or derivative. A primitive word is that which cannot be reduced to any simpler word in the language; as, brass, York, knave. A derivative word, under the head of which compound words are also included, is that which may be reduced to another and a more simple word in the English language; as, brazen, Yorkshire, knavery, mud-lark, lighterman. Broadbrim is a derivative word; but it is one often applied to a very primitive kind of person.