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To depress the base of the tongue, carry the point of the tongue forward between the teeth; then draw the whole tongue vigorously backward, as if trying to swallow it.

Trill aspirate r.
Trill vocal r.
Repeat running up and down scale.

Larynx. Raise the larynx to its utmost height and lower it to its greatest depth. Swallowing will help it to ascend and gaping to descend.

Lips. Open the mouth and bring the lips together quickly and firmly, aiming at equal pressure.

With lips tightly closed, compress the breath against lips and cheeks, resisting with these muscles and finally forcing the lips open.

MISCELLANEOUS EXERCISES

1. Reading and writing are arts of striking importance.
2. Twanged short and sharp like the shrill swallow's cry.
3. The clumsy kitchen clock click clicked.
4. A big black bug bit a big black bear.
5. Geese cackle, cattle low, crows caw, cocks crow.
6. Good blood, bad blood. (Repeat.)
7. A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare,

A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare,

A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare. 8. Bring me some ice, not some mice. 9. Make clean our hearts. 10. The old cold scold sold a school coal scuttle. 11. He sawed six long slim sleek slender saplings.

12. Thrice six thick thistle sticks thrust straight through three throbbing thrushes.

13. Goodness centers in the heart.

14. He spoke reasonably, philosophically, disinterestedly, and yet particularly, of the unceremoniousness of their communicability, and peremptorily, authoritatively, unhesitatingly declared it to be wholly inexplicable.

15. Pillercatter, tappekiller, kitterpaller, patterkiller, caterpillar.

16. What whim led White Whitney to whittle, whistle, whisper and whimper near the wharf, where a floundering whale might wheel and whirl?

17. I said mixed biscuits, not bixed miscuits.
18. Little ache, little lake.
19. Her age, her rage.

20. Thou bridl'dst thy tongue, wreath’dst thy lips with smiles, imprison’dst thy wrath, and truckl’dst to think enemy's power.

21. An inalienable eligibility of election which was of indisputable authority, rendered the interposition of his friends altogether supererogatory.

22. A ripe pear, a black cow, a fat turtle.
23. Ceaseth, approacheth, rejoiceth. (Repeat.)

24. A blush is a temporary eletheme and calorific effulgence of the physiognomy ocliologised by the perceptiveness of the sensorium when a predicament of unequilibrity from a sense of shame, anger, or other cause eventuating in a paresis of the uasomotor filaments of the facial capillaries where, being divested of their elasticity, they are suffused with radiant, aerated, compound nutritive circulating liquid emanating from an intimidated proecordia.

25. Not long since a robust, disputative collegian, his clothes of the latest Pall Mall cut, his carmine bifurcated necktie ornamented with a solitaire, his hair dressed with oleomargarine and perfumed with ambergris, his face innocent of hirsute adornment, but his mouth guilty of nicotine, informed a senile, splenetic lawyer that he did not pronounce according to the dictionary.

"For,” observed the young man, with an air of research, "in your Tuesday's address you said that the sight of cerements sufficed to enervate an attorney; that a salamander treated for obesity with prussic acid and pomegranate rind was disinclined to serpentine movements; that in an Aldine edition of a legal work you read of a lugubrious man afflicted with virulent varioloid and bronchitis, for which a jocund allopathist injected iodine and cayenne pepper with a syringe warmed in a caldron of tepid sirup -a malpractise suit being the result. By the way, you have a dictionary?

“Dictionary ? replied the lawyer; “pugh! It is a granary from which the pronunciation fiend fills his commissariat with orthoëpic romances and vagaries which, to him, grow into a philologic fetish; and this fetishism finds outward expression in a supercilious ostentation of erudite vacuity.”

Nothing daunted, the young man continued: “You said, 'According to precedent it was obligatory upon him to plait his hair as his Nomad parents had done, but instead he, precedent to stepping under the mistletoe, indulged in fulsome praise of himself, hoping thereby to induce a favorite girl to join him. But she, being verse to undergo an ordeal so embarrassing, refused; whereupon his features became immobile with chagrin.' This is a verbatim quotation. You sometimes consult a dictionary?

"Young man," retorted the lawyer, his aquiline nose quivering with derisive disdain, “I have no use for a dictionary.”

"Pardon me, your pronunciation indicates the contrary; thus, in your peroration this occurs: 'An incognito communist, being commandant on the frontier, in one of his hunting expeditions came upon an Indian, who, to the accompaniment of the soughing wind, was softly playing a flageolet, for the purpose of quieting a wounded hydrophobic Bengal tiger, which, penned up in a hovel, was making hideous grimaces.

" "The Colonel's companion, a comely but truculent Malay, acting as seneschal or pursuivant, suggested houghing the rampant animal, or giving it some dynamite, morphine, and saline yeast.

“ “A noose was adjusted, and the nauseous dose administered, whereupon the combative tiger, thus harassed, coming in premature contact with a dilapidated divan, bade adieu to things sublunary. You have a dictionary?”

The old man, angered at the raillery of this question, and at the cherubic smile of superiority with which it was asked, launched forth in an objurgatory tirade, insisting that he did not regard himself sacrificable to the juggernaut of orthoëpy.

EXERCISES IN ALLITERATION 1. Amos Ames, the amiable aeronaut, aided in an aerial enterprise at the age of eighty-eight.

2. Benjamin Bramble Blimber, a blundering banker, borrowed the baker's birchen broom to brush the blinding cobwebs from his brain.

3. Caius Cassius contrived concatenating circumstances causing chivalrous Caesar's citation.

4. Deaf doddering Daniel Dunderhead dictated difficult didactic disingenuousness.

5. Extraordinary and excessive irritability was exhibited by these execrable people.

6. Flags fluttered fretfully from foreign fortifications and feets.

7. Gibeon Gordon Grelglow, the great Greek grammarian, graduated at Grilgrove College.

8. Henry Hingham has hung his harp on the hook where he hitherto hung his hope.

9. Imbecile Irwin indefatigably inculcated inveterate isolation. Incomprehensible incommunicability.

10. Jasper, the jolly juror, justly joked John, the journalist.

11. Kemuel Kirkham Kames cruelly kept the kiss that his cousin Catherine Kennedy cried for.

12. A lily lying all alone along the lane.

13. Morose mariners and magnanimous men make much magnetism.

14. Nine neutral nations negotiated numerous nuptials. 15. Obstructionists and oppressors often opposed operations.

16. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Now if Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where are the pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked ?

17. Querulous quips were quoted by quiet Queenie Quilp.

18. Round the rough and rugged rocks the ragged rascals rudely ran. 19. She sells sea-shells; shall he sell sea-shells ?

20. Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb. Now if Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb, see that thou, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb. Success to the successful thistle sifter.

21. Unwise, unjust and unmerciful university usages. 22. Vivian's vernacular gives vividness to every verse.

23. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood ?

24. Xanthians Xebeced xantic xylographers.

25. Yelled and yelped the yeoman's youngsters in yesterday's yacht and yawl.

26. Zig-zaged zinc zones and zithers.

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attorney acclimate again

apparatus auxiliary acumen

aggrandizement apparent awry adamantine ailment

aquiline address allied

area adept allopathist

asphalt bade betroth

blackguard brigand banquet bicycle

blouse

bronchitis bayonet bijou

bounteous burlesque because

biography bouquet been bitumen

bravado

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candelabrum
canine
carmine
cayenne
cello
cerement
chalybeate

chasm
chasten
chastisement
clangor
clematis
clique
coadjutor
cognomen
column

combatant
commandant
comment
communist
com peer
composite
condolence
consummate
contemplate

contents
contrary
contumely
conversant
coterie
courtesy

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