This file, after this first page, is an excerpt of three chapters from the 1917 book FIFTEEN THOUSAND USEFUL PHRASES:
VI. BUSINESS PHRASES p. 2 of this file
IX. CONVERSATIONAL PHRASES p. 12 of this file
X. PUBLIC SPEAKING PHRASES p. 34 of this file
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ASK A NATIVE SPEAKER of English to tell you which of these listed expressions are still common, which ones are never used anymore and which ones can be used only in formal contexts.
ASK A NATIVE SPEAKER of English to compose for you two different (and contrasting) sentences that include a listed expression that interests you or him/her. Because the expressions are examples of rhetoric, they will stimulate lively composing, i.e., fun.
ASK A NATIVE SPEAKER of English to declaim, like an actor, when pronouncing the expressions for you; many of them have rhythm that adds to their rhetorical effect.
Most of the 4,600 expressions aren't responses, but they can fit or almost fit in this Stock Responses directory because they all are stock expressions.
It's more accurate to say that they all WERE stock expressions because many of them are no longer current. The book in which they were collected, FIFTEEN THOUSAND USEFUL PHRASES, was published in 1917, by a teacher of public speaking at Yale (University) Divinity School, intended for highly educated native speakers of English. To a modern ear, many of the 4,600 expressions sound quaintly eloquent, mannered or bombastic-- and not useable in conversation with a listener who was born after the 19th century. But even if some of those 4,600 can't be repeated with a straight face in the 21st century, they can still be studied and enjoyed (and used when speaking to an audience or writing).
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