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  • Andrew Carnegie helped eliminate many variant spellings through the Simplified Spelling Board.
  • It was a variant of the same old story.
  • His argument is a variant of the continuum fallacy which argues that if you can’t draw the line precisely between X and non-X, there’s no distinction at all between X and non-X.
  • It is a modern variant of a coming-of-age story.

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  • There were individual variants here and there, of course, but within pretty narrow limits we all wore the same clothes, talked the same way, ate the same food, listened to the same music.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • "It could be in the Campanulaceae, or the Gentianaceae, the Polemoniaceae, the Boraginaceae—that’s most likely, I think, forget-me-nots—but it could even be a variant of this one, the Anemone patens."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The name Kotku (Ukrainian variant: Kotyku) makes her sound more interesting than she was; but it wasn’t her real name, only a pet name ("Kitty cat," in Polish) that Boris had given her.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Cupid and Psyche is perhaps the earliest variant on this tale.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • There were manuscripts there which he needed for the purpose of checking variant readings of the Talmudic passage on which he was working.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen

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  • When the first giant bones were found in the 1820s and 1830s, scientists felt obliged to explain the bones as belonging to some oversize variant of a modern species.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • In my thinking we were still no more than unhappy minor variants; but I could look back and consider why we had been forced to flee…… I glanced at Petra.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Continually changing its intensity and abruptly variant in pitch, it impinged on his nerves and senses, made him nervous and restless and worried him with a perpetual imminence of happening.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Instead, he went in for such things as ponsoring a Mukaihara contest in gateball, a primitive variant of croquet; he often wore a necktie — which cost him five thousand yen, or twenty dollars — with Gate Ball embroidered across it in English script.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • So the names Dyaus, Zeus, lov, and Tyr are dialectal variants of the same word.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • A recently published Old Babylonian fragment relating to the fight against, and the killing of Humbaba provides a closer link with the Sumerian, and a recent Hittite tablet suggests yet another variant.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Contrahit orator, variant in carmine vates.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • bewitched (variant of 2); 5.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Many other variants of the theme will be found among the episodes to come.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Scoops IV and V were recovered intact from the Indian Ocean and the Appalachian foothills, but neither contained radically new organisms; those collected were harmless variants of S. albus, a common contaminant of normal human skin.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Because fairy tales, like Shakespeare, the Bible, mythology, and all other writing and telling, belong to the one big story, and because, since we were old enough to be read to or propped up in front of a television, we’ve been living on that story, and on its fairy variants.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I witnessed this scene or its variant at least a score of times andI felt no anger or hatred, only disgust and loathing.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I looked at my parents’ aliases and their birthdays, which variants I knew.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • …by the Sieur de Villiers Hotman; a Florilegium Rabbinicum of 1644; a Tibullus of 1567, with this magnificent inscription: Venetiis, in aedibus Manutianis; and lastly, a Diogenes Laertius, printed at Lyons in 1644, which contained the famous variant of the manuscript 411, thirteenth century, of the Vatican, and those of the two manuscripts of Venice, 393 and 394, consulted with such fruitful results by Henri Estienne, and all the passages in Doric dialect which are only found in the…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’I am of opeenion it is not your old gentleman’s precise releegion, but rather sub-variant of same.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • He formulated a variant of Pythagoras’ equation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Truly me repenteth that ever I came in this realm, that should be thus shamefully banished, undeserved and causeless; but fortune is so variant, and the wheel so moveable, there nis none constant abiding, and that may be proved by many old chronicles, of noble Ector, and Troilus, and Alisander, the mighty conqueror, and many mo other; when they were most in their royalty, they alighted lowest.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • He had realized that his best interests were bound up with those of a certain variant, changing person, whose label, in order that his past might always be identified with him, was Amory Blaine.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • In the change of leaves about him he was calmer, heavy in his seated position, with the crown of his felt hat taking the side against variants, played by the green shadow and yellow of the leaves.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Raven talks to the waiter for a while in some variant of Taxilinga.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Also currently in service are M-240s, M-249s, and the Mk-46, a variant of the M-249.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • She had cut back on bodybuilding, that extreme variant of bodily glorification, some years ago.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • To such allowances the ablebodied pauper and his nomadic variant the tramp are equally entitled.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The penciled note in the paperback had mentioned a variant.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Thornton’s first example, dated 1856, shows a variant spelling, /shuyster/, thus indicating that it was then recent.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And just as guilts of variant cause and intricacy were etched forever in her own and Grace’s hearts, so too was the hurt she had wrought in his.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Glancing through them, Rieux saw that the bulk of the writing consisted of the same sentence written again and again with small variants, simplifications or elaborations.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Americans who spent more than six months in the United Kingdom during the 1980s are now forbidden to donate blood, in order to prevent the spread of BSE’s human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Nick’s columns about Mukhtar (who at the time went by a variant of her name, Mukhtaran Bibi) brought her $430,000 in contributions from readers, channeled through Mercy Corps, an aid group that does work in Pakistan.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Truly me repenteth that ever I came in this realm, that should be thus shamefully banished, undeserved and causeless; but fortune is so variant, and the wheel so moveable, there nis none constant abiding, and that may be proved by many old chronicles, of noble Ector, and Troilus, and Alisander, the mighty conqueror, and many mo other; when they were most in their royalty, they alighted lowest.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Variants of this rumormongering set off other cities.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • * *cease <14> It doleth* me, when that I of him speak; *paineth On his falsehood fain would I me awreak,* *revenge myself If I wist how, but he is here and there; He is so variant,* he abides nowhere.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The so-called Ancient Teachings — including those preserved by the Zensunni Wanderers from the first, second, and third Islamic movements; the Navachristianity of Chusuk, the Buddislamic Variants of the types dominant at Lankiveil and Sikun, the Blend Books of the Mahayana Lankavatara, the Zen Hekiganshu of III Delta Pavonis, the Tawrah and Talmudic Zabur surviving on Salusa Secundus, the pervasive Obeah Ritual, the Muadh Quran with its pure Ilm and Fiqh preserved among the pundi rice…
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She had obviously never played for a club, and when he mentioned that the game seemed to have been a variant of a classic game by Lasker, she gave him an uncomprehending look.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The hero making fire in the whale is a variant of the sacred marriage.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The Latin-American variants of Spanish, for example, have adopted a great many words which appear in true Castilian only as occasional guests.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • unless it be a pseudo-Italianate variant on triste ( = wretched, depraved).
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • variant, 1687 ed.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • [87] An interesting discussion of this peculiarity is in Some Variant Pronunciations in the New South, by William A. Read, /Dialect Notes/, vol. iii, pt. vii, 1911, p. 504 /et seq.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This rite is a variant of the sacred marriage, which is the source-moment that generates and regenerates the world and man, precisely the mystery symbolized by the Hindu lirigam-yoni.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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