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Dick Oslund
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Aha! A Latin scholar! Much sand has passed through the glass since I studied Latin ('55-'58).

I'm on a campaign urging young magicians to have a conversation withi their audiences. Jescilito caught my attention with his challenge.

I like your "turning together"! Words DO have meaning, eh!

I remember reading somewhere that about 13% of American English comes from Anglo-Saxon. (G H O T I is pronounced F I S H !) Jay Marshall performed the "douse" box. He said that his father once told him: "Never say 'die'!" (mice--mouse, therefore dice--douse) LOL

Charlie Miller had a "thing" about prepositions. "I just used a preposition to end that sentence with." or Churchill's "Up with which I shall not put!" Jon Racherbaumer is a wordsmith usque ad...!

Enough! I'm assuming you teach Latin! Our schools over here in the colonies, barely teach English anymore! (Witness, some of the horrible posts that must be "decyphered"! 'Twas brillig and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe.

Egad! It's time for coffee!

Ave atque valel!
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Jay Store
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Well deduced Dick! I teach Latin, Greek, and Ancient History. And I dabble in other dead languages, including Anglo-Saxon. I came across the 'ghoti' spelling as an illustration of the idiosyncrasies of English spelling: I don't know whether it works with American pronunciation (or indeed spelling). 'gh' as in tough, 'o' as in women, 'ti' as in motion, spells 'fish'! I love the douse line, although I confess to having misread it initially with a different pronunciation as the verb 'to soak with water': is that spelt (itself I think the British variant on 'spelled') dowse on your side of the Atlantic? Isn't language amazing!
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Jay
JoshTmagic
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Sounds like you had tons of fun
Mortimer Graves
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Etymology is one of my favorite ontologies, as well. Phenomenologically speaking,of course. XD

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