Originally posted by Grampy Bobby Inaffectation or "Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are not normally present within the body. An infection may cause no symptoms and be subclinical, or it may cause symptoms and be clinically apparent. An infection may remain localized, or it may spread through the blood or lymphat ...[text shortened]... All cleared up now, Andy, thanks to an Efficacious Ointment Rx and Warm Hugs from Nurse Ratched.
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby [b]"How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?"
"The pronunciation is the same, so you can't really say that some "say" this while others "say" that. It's strictly a spelling difference. These are among the reforms introduced by Noah Webster in his dictionary, with a view towards (a) simplifying the spelling, and (b) creating a distinct American ...[text shortened]... a king's oppression, not the people; we now fight our UK Friends in chess games. -Grampy Roubert[/b]
ou also belies a French heritage to these words.
And you know how we Americans aren't beholden to any 'French' stuff.
Remember 'Freedom Fries'?
They wanna speak English, then let them speak English, not French.
Originally posted by Silverstriker Hello everyone here is a heads up about the next prose competition i have had the pleasure of organising since 2012. The last two years we have had some brilliant entries. Can anyone prevent a potential hat trick from mike169?
Here are the rules
Maximum word length is 750 words
You can submit up to two entries
The 2014 topic will be a c ...[text shortened]... entry's title so i know who has written what)
Deadline is January 12th 2014
Good luck all
"Here are the rules
Maximum word length is 750 words... "
Footnote: There are already more than enough words contained in this thread's forty three posts to date to qualify as an entry: "An Overheard Online Public Forum Conversation" (approximately 55 lines of 15 words each or 825 total words).
Originally posted by Suzianne My problem with the 'u' is that it makes every word that uses it look like it rhymes with 'your'.
Plus, I'm a bit of a spelling freak, so all those words jump out at me as being misspelled.
Do you know why, since for a period up to 1776 "Americans" would have spelt certain words with a "u", they dropped it?
Are there any other English speaking countries that dropped it?
I know I could probably google it but I'm lazy. "😉