Proletarian science" and "proletarian philosophy" were his phrases
for it, and therein he shows the provincialism of his mind--a defect, however, that was due to the times and that none in that day could escape.
A Sentence or Phrase
is a composite significant sound, some at least of whose parts are in themselves significant; for not every such group of words consists of verbs and nouns--'the definition of man,' for example - -but it may dispense even with the verb.
The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase
of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron.
It was the phrase which you found on the half-burned piece of paper amongst the ashes in the laboratory.
I am now going to tell you about that curious phrase.
But another phrase was uttered by Monsieur Robert Darzac: 'Must I commit a crime, then, to win you?
To see the women expressing their liberal forgetfulness of my wifely misfortunes, and the men their amiable anxiety to encourage her husband; to hear the same set phrases
repeated in every room--'So charmed to make your acquaintance, Mrs.
We would not, however, have our reader imagine, that persons of such characters as were supported by Thwackum and Square, would undertake a matter of this kind, which hath been a little censured by some rigid moralists, before they had thoroughly examined it, and considered whether it was (as Shakespear phrases
it) "Stuff o' th' conscience," or no.
Footnote: Since the French word 'Morte' is feminine, the preceding article was originally 'La,' but the whole name had come to be thought of as a compound phrase and hence as masculine or neuter in gender.
Their text, again, is often interrupted by the insertion of brief phrases explanatory of unusual words.
In similar manner he collected lists of strong phrases, the phrases of living language, phrases that bit like acid and scorched like flame, or that glowed and were mellow and luscious in the midst of the arid desert of common speech.
On the other hand, he appreciated the chance effects in words and phrases that came lightly and easily into his brain, and that later stood all tests of beauty and power and developed tremendous and incommunicable connotations.
He seemed to express himself with difficulty, as though words were not the medium with which his mind worked; and you had to guess the intentions of his soul by hackneyed phrases, slang, and vague, unfinished gestures.
She tried to talk to him, partly by signs, partly in pidgin French, which, for some reason, she thought would be more comprehensible to him, and she had half a dozen phrases of English.
and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases
and so forth, had