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    Re: British vs American Spelling
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2005 Apr 27, 20:46 -0700

    In an adult working life of almost 40 years (back to the average age
    question?? :-) ), partly in academia, partly in industry, it has been my
    privilege to know many highly intelligent, highly talented, highly
    creative people.  These people were uniformly kind, generous, and, while
    self-assured, for the most part of very low ego.
    
    It has also been my lesser pleasure to know many people who thought they
    were the equals of these people but who weren't.   Many sought to make
    themselves equal by looking down on the people below them (much like the
    strata of Victorian society), and even adopting eccentric habits to
    reinforce their supposed superiority.  (I have one acquaintance who is
    quite an intelligent chap; he did graduate work at St Andrews University
    in Scotland and now lords his UK-ness over all his contacts).
    
    But going so far as "shew?"   Geez, this prof is genuinely weird --
    "shew" is not a word in use in any English-speaking country, it was
    replaced by "show" somewhere in the 18th century!
    
    As Frank noted, no wonder he's at a community college.  And I join Frank
    in feeling deep sympathy for the students who have to put up with this
    character...   (Maybe they should all show up for class in Elizabethan
    dress)
    
    Lu Abel
    
    Frank Reed wrote:
    > Gordon T wrote, quoting a professor's  syllabus:
    > "and I use the correct spelling "shew" rather than "show".
    > If  you have a problem with this, tough break!"
    >
    > LOL. Only a first-class pain  in the neck would claim that 'shew' is the
    > correct spelling of 'show'. But you  DID say he's working at a community college,
    > right? His poor, poor students.
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    >
    >
    
    
    

       
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