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Re: [groff] 04/04: tmac: Move macro diagnostics away from `quotes'.

From: Damian McGuckin
Subject: Re: [groff] 04/04: tmac: Move macro diagnostics away from `quotes'.
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:55:05 +1100 (AEDT)
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On Mon, 20 Nov 2017, G. Branden Robinson wrote:

At 2017-11-20T11:35:13+0000, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
Hi Branden,

Are you familiar with the U.K. practice[3] that says an abbreviation
doesn't get a period if the abbreviation ends with the final letter of
the abbreviated word?

Nothing has been brought to a stop, unlike, say, Prof. Moriarty.

[3] en_GB: practise

We English use practice for the noun, and practise for the verb.
Just like advice and advise.

Curioser and curiouser!  I have seen practise used in practise as a noun
many times.  Here's a prestigious example:

In this case I am taking prestige as proportional to price tag.  ;-)

Sadly it is US variant. Look at the URL.

English as spoken by most of the world has lots of examples where 'ice' is for the noun and 'ise' is the verb. Like licence/license.

Noah Webster pushed for spelling reform after he published his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. Those reforms only really took off in the US. I could say the rest of the world was smart enough to largely ignore Webster's efforts but English has so many irregularities cause by its roots in Latin and Greek, that his ideas are not without merit.

Also, when spelling programs came out, Webster's digital copy of their words was $100 and the British Oxford was over $5000. It does not take a genius to figure out which one dominates a lot of software tools. The rules used by these tools to create British spelling from an American English database often leave a lot to be desired.

When in doubt, check the Oxford dictionary or better still, there is also Fowler's Modern English Usage.

Regards - Damian

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