Extract, Miscellaneous, Drollery
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Meteorology, Electricity, Disease, Veterinary Science, Physics, Anatomy
Considers that the sentiment and language of country newspapers is much less denuded than that in the London newspapers. Country writers often prefer uncommon to common language. Thus: 'If a flash of lightning set a haystack in a blaze, or ring the bells of a steeple, the approved epithet is, "the electric fluid". If a dog bite a pig, the narrative teems with "virus", the "rabid animal", and the "latration" of the patient. Or, if a stage-coach running races meets its natural fate, the world are called to wonder at "centripetal force", "dire concussions", and "compound fractures of the tibia"' (95).
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