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chuse #122903
02/15/04 02:14 PM
02/15/04 02:14 PM
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From Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner":
The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,

I don't remember seeing "chuse" before. Is it a typo,
or a valid obsolete spelling?


Re: chuse #122904
02/15/04 02:57 PM
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COED has an entry for it, calling it a variant of choose. The entry for choose, however, lists it as an earlier spelling, rather than a variant, existing sporadically in ME, but more common in the 16th century.



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