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Project Gutenberg's McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey
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Title: McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book
Author: W. H. McGuffey
Release Date: March 24, 2005 [EBook #15456]
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*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MCGUFFEY'S ECLECTIC SPELLING BOOK ***
Produced by Don Kostuch
Do you remember how to spell "pharmacopoeia" or "Winnipiseogee"? This was
for sixth grade! Here is a chance to expand your vocabulary or just enjoy
a trip to the grade school of 1900.
The original text uses a specialized font to indicate pronunciation.
Italics are used to specify words or syllables in the text. The
approximations given here retain only the emphasis (accent). See the DOC
or PDF format for the original graphics.
ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES.
McGuffey Editions and Colophon are Trademarks of
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
In revising this book, care has been taken to preserve all the excellences
that have so long and so favorably distinguished McGUFFEY'S ECLECTIC
SPELLING-BOOK: and the chief changes that have been made, have been
suggested by the evident plan of the original work.
The old system of indicating the pronunciation by numerals, called
"superiors," has been abandoned, and the diacritical marks used by Webster
have been adopted. The Revised Speller conforms in orthography,
pronunciation, and syllabication to the latest edition of Webster's
Unabridged Dictionary. Exercises have been given on each of the
distinctive marks used in the book, as will be seen by reference to
A number of lessons have been added in the department of prefixes and
suffixes, and now nearly all the more common of these etymological
principles have been explained. (See Lessons 136-167.) In arranging the
text of the several lessons, the object has been not to appeal merely to
arbitrary memory, but to associate each lesson with some principle of
sound, meaning, or accent, which would tend to aid the pupil in acquiring
a knowledge of our language. Several distinct lessons on pronunciation are
given, and towards the close of the book numerous lessons of difficult
words in orthography have been introduced.