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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.

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