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By H. W. Fowler

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Chick(en). fowl is the unique & nonetheless the standard shape, chick serving as a diminutive & getting used mainly of an unhatched or unfledged poultry, the younger of small birds, or (endearingly, in pi. ) young children. For pi. of fowl see COLLECTIVES four. seventy five CHINAMAN chide stands to scold as stop to forestall. earlier chid, p. p. chid(den). chiefest, previously universal, is now felt to be an unnatural shape, & used in simple terms as an decoration. chiffon. See FBENCH WOBDS. Chilblain. So spelt; see -LL-, -L-, four. infantile, childlike. the excellence drawn is so commonplace that infantile is in a few threat of being constrained to the depreciatory use that's just one of its capabilities, whereas childlike is utilized outdoor its sphere ; the face, for example, that we adore a toddler to have may be known as now not a childlike, yet a infantile face ; the rule of thumb that infantile has a nasty feel is just too sweeping, & misleads. infantile used of adults or their characteristics, & childlike (which must always be so used), have the other implications of blame & approval; infantile capacity ' that should have outgrown anything or to were outgrown', & childlike ' that has thankfully no longer outgrown anything or been outgrown ' ; infantile simplicity in an grownup is a fault ; childlike simplicity is a advantage; yet infantile simplicity may possibly suggest additionally simplicity in (& now not as of) a baby, & exhibit no blame ; infantile enthusiasm will be both a kid's enthusiasm or a man's foolish enthusiasm ; childlike enthusiasm is barely that of a guy who has no longer permit his center develop tough. childly. See REVIVALS. chilli is the precise spelling for the capsicum pod (unconnected with Chili) ; pi. chillies. chiU(y). the shape relax (as adj. ) is barely a LITEBARY be aware, cold being that during normal use. chimera, -aera^-sera. See &, 02. Pronounce kimer'a. Chinaman &c. the conventional makes use of are :—A Chinaman (rarely Chinese); 3 Chinamen (sometimes Chinese); 50,000 chinese language (sometimes Chinamen) ; the chinese language (rarely Chinamen). Chinee for Chinaman is a BACK-FORMATION from chinese language pi. , &, being nonetheless felt to be abnormal, is CHIROPODIST infrequent other than as wide awake slang, yet universal in such use. Chiropodist is a BARBARISM & a GHNTEELISM. chirrup(p)ing &c. See -P-, -PP-. chisel makes -lied &c. ; see -LL-, -L-. Chivalry &c. The pronunciation sh-, rather than ch-, even though in keeping with a mistake, is now validated, & the OED locations it first. Of the adjectives chivalrous & chivalric the second one can be both enable die as a useless variation or limited to the purely grammatical functionality of representing the word of chivalry, as within the chivalric a while. c(h)ive. Spell with the h. chivy, ehe-. The -i- definitely provides the present sound, &, being now written additionally extra frequently than it used to be, will no doubt develop into the approved spelling prior to lengthy. chlorine. For pronunciation see IODIXE. chloroform. The OED proclaims klof'o-, now not klS'ro-. The latter, despite the fact that, that is additionally universal, is (see fake volume) no longer illegitimate. chock-full is the spelling, no longer choke-full. choir, quire. even though the 1st spelling, which fits again little additional than the 18th c.

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