Spelling reforms [was RE: punchcard svg file available]
jws at jwsss.com
Fri Sep 11 18:17:55 CDT 2015
On 9/11/2015 12:03 PM, Rich Alderson wrote:
> From: Dave G4UGM
> Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 12:06 PM
>>> From: Liam Proven
>>> Sent: 10 September 2015 16:17
>>> On 10 September 2015 at 15:42, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
>>>> He also said that the colored pencils that I manually did graphs with
>>>> were "COLOUR PENCILS".
>>> Sounds legit to me. But then in the old world we still spell the proper,
>>> old-fashioned-way. ;¬)
>> I believe that historically "color" or "colour" was acceptable in English.
>> Correct. "Colour" reflects Norman French, "color" reflects Latin.
>> It was the Victorians that pushed the current "English" spellings in an
>> attempt to "Latinise" or "Latinize" or even "Posh Up" English and Webster
>> who pushed the simplified spellings that the USA uses today....
> However, it was far earlier than the Victorians. Noah Webster (1758-1843)
> only overlaps the Victorian era by 6 years; he was reacting against the
> aristocratic spelling norms of the 17th and 18th centuries, when Latin and
> Greek were held to be more important than English in the learning of the
> latter language. His spelling book was originally published in 1783.
> Rich Alderson
> Vintage Computing Sr. Systems Engineer
> Living Computer Museum
> 2245 1st Avenue S
> Seattle, WA 98134
> mailto:RichA at LivingComputerMuseum.org
My earliest Webster is an 1820 copy. The last dictionary I bought was
the CD version of the OED which was around $1000. I ended up with a
copy for around $100. Now just use the spell check in whatever I'm in
to keep me somewhat honest, and if I need something and have a browser
handy, use the Google box on firefox to get me close to the correct
Now choosing my words is different than spelling of course.
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