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Slips of Speech
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SLIPS OF SPEECH 

"We should be as careful of our words as of our actions."-- CICERO. 

CHAPTER I 

Taste 

Taste is a universal gift.  It has been found in some degree in all
nations, races, and ages.  It is shown by the savage in his love of
personal decoration; by the civilized man in his love of art. 

But while it is thus universal, it is as different among men as their
faces, complexions, characters, or languages.  Even among people of the
same nation, it is as different as the degrees of society.  The same
individual at different periods of life, shows this variableness of
taste. 

These diversities of taste imply a susceptibility to improvement.  Good

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