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#30595 - 05/30/01 04:20 PM A matter of fact  
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In the UK we spell it Artefact I gather in the US you spell it Artifact. Anyone know why the difference?]


#30596 - 05/30/01 04:55 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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poms don't know how to spell?
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#30597 - 05/30/01 06:00 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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the L roots are arte and factum, W3 speculates that the revisionist spelling may have been influenced by artifice (and the original sense of artifice, now obsolete, was more closely related; i.e. the production of something).


#30598 - 05/31/01 11:06 AM Re: A matter of fact  
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Thanks, tsuwm. Hey Helen, yah wanna poke in de i?


#30599 - 05/31/01 01:06 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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this too shall pass
ot temerariously observes poms don't know how to spell?

pot, kettle, black?


#30600 - 05/31/01 01:17 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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I object!! Don't you go a-throwin' of nasturtiums at our Littel Nell! It is well known that she of the face that launched a thousand slips has her spelling well tied up - she is, indeed, spell-binding. The problem that she nobly grapples with every day is that her key-board is a lousy speller.


#30601 - 05/31/01 02:58 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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The problem that she nobly grapples with every day is that her key-board is a lousy speller.

Hear! Hear!
If anyone's going to cast anything in the direction of our noble Helen, it should be bouquets.



#30602 - 05/31/01 03:10 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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it should be bouquets

...of hyacinths?


#30603 - 05/31/01 03:25 PM Re: Bouquets for Helen  
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it should be bouquets

...of hyacinths?


"If you have but two pence left,
With one buy bread,
And with the other
Hyacinth for the soul."


Quoting an aphorism of one of my teashers ... where the Good Sister got it is unknown to me.


#30604 - 05/31/01 04:49 PM Re: A matter of fact  
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Well put, tsuwm-- but in fact I am an excellant speller! It is just that some comman minds-- unused to creative thinking--insist on spelling a word the same way, sentence after sentance, paragraph after paregraph, page after page!

Creative minds like mind have no such boundries! we see spelling as experiment-- and wonder how far we can push the envelop! (which of course should be envelope!)

The idea of consistancy is wonderful for mass produced things-- and i suppose it has some use in publishing-- where you are mass (re)producing an idea-- but should it be required of individually crafted sentences? shouldn't they be like hand thrown pots? not so much "imperfect" as "having character"?

(AnaS, calm down, I am being tongue in cheek!) - I do recognize the value consistant spelling offers-- but my hand crafted sentences-- are like those interesting pots one sees at a craft show-- (sometime they catch our fancy-- and entrance us--other times, we look at them, and think "My second grader did better-at summer camp!")-- often possesing more character than perfection!

(And if you buy that-- there is this Bridge you might be interested in buying...)

Thank you all, for your kindness-- even you Mav!


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