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The w ord ‘bathos’ is used o f any sudden switch from what is exalted and dignified to w hat is pedestrian and trivial. It is also used o f attempts at pathos which are overdone or fail to come off. beneficence I benevolence There is a subtle distinction between these two words. W here ‘benefi cence’ is generosity in action, ‘benevolence’ is generosity o f spirit. Thus it is an act of ‘beneficence’ for a benefactor to endow a new hospital, but the action stems from the benefactor’s ‘benevolence’.
Aspect One o f the situations in w hich the w riter ought to pause and scratch the head is well illustrated here, w here the w riter is recom m ending the varied delights o f exploring an area o f waterways: For instance, canals, industrial history, wildlife, landscape, cycling or walk ing the towpaths, or many other aspects may appeal to you. The Words to be Used Canals, industrial history, wildlife, landscape, cycling and walking together represent a mixed bag. H ow many o f them can properly be called ‘aspects’?
The w ord ‘ambivalent’ is not a synonymous alternative to ‘am biguous’, as some writers seem to think. An attitude w hich is ‘ambivalent’ involves two different and perhaps conflicting em otions, not interpretations. ’) amend I emend To ‘am end’ is to improve, make better. ’ says Berowne in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour's Lost. In the House of Commons efforts are made to ‘am end’ bills being put before members w hen they think an ‘am endm ent’ advisable. The verb to ‘em end’ is used in a m ore specialized way o f correcting errors or making textual improvements in manuscripts and printed material.