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    Re: British vs American Spelling
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2005 Apr 24, 15:36 -0700

    The King James Bible uses "shew" instead of "show."  So one would assume
    it in common use in the 17th century.
    
    Or maybe not -- I have a friend whose PhD thesis was on English bible
    translations, she claims that James's scholars used obsolete-for-them
    English in the KJV to give it an air of ancient authority (much like
    many of the prayers we hear in church today).
    
    Lu Abel
    
    Glenn Geers wrote:
    
    > I've only seen "shew" used in old mathematics books (Whittacker and Watson has
    > been mentioned). I have seen o with an umlaut used as well. The usage seems
    > to be for the imperative form, viz. "Shew that..." which is a fairly common
    > way to start Mathematics questions.
    
    
    

       
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