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[38] The metaphorical use of words cannot be [p. 233] recommended except in connected discourse. Enough has now been said on the subject of single words, which, as I have pointed out elsewhere,1 have no intrinsic value of their own. On the other hand, there is no word which is intrinsically ugly unless it be beneath the dignity of the subject on which we have to speak, excepting always such words as are nakedly obscene.

1 I. v. 3.

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