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Edited by Jeremy Butterfield

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199661350
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191744532
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First adopted in the 17c. from Latin plus ‘more’ and used as a quasi-preposition, i.e. in a manner that did not exist in Latin. To begin with, and still primarily, it was used in English as the oral equivalent of + (as opposed to minus, or –). In the 20c. it has gone from strength to strength as a quasi-preposition in the sense ‘with the addition of, and also’ (e.g. ...

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