Consonants and Vowels
In normal speech there are four times as many consonants as vowels, corresponding to the relation between breathing and blood circulation (eighteen breaths to seventy-two pulsebeats).
— Noah Jonathan Jacobs, Naming Day in Eden: The Creation and Recreation of Language, 1958
Lord Houghton’s vanity is amusingly natural. Something was said of one of Theodore Hook’s criticisms. “You know even I never said anything as good as that,” said Lord Houghton, and quite seriously.
— Augustus J. C. Hare, The Story of My Life Vol. 5, 1890
Old Faithful is sometimes degraded by being made a laundry. Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place. Gen. Sheridan’s men, in 1882, found that linen and cotton fabrics were uninjured by the action of the water, but woolen clothes were torn to shreds.
— William C. Riley, Official Guide to the Yellowstone National Park, 1889
Letters to the Editor
Mr. J. Armour-Milne refers to ‘the amount of drivel that is to be found in the Letters to the Editor.’ Whether or not you, in fact, publish drivel is not for me to decide, but a sure method of raising the standard of letters that you receive would be not only to publish your usual selection of letters, but also to print, each day, a complete list of the names of those correspondents whose letters you have rejected. The thought of possibly being included in your Rejects List, and then to have one’s acquaintances saying, ‘I see that you have had yet another letter refused by The Times,’ would be too much of a risk for most people.
— P. H. H. Moore, letter to the London Times, 1970