Connotative differences in spelling

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed Oct 18 14:36:17 UTC 2000

I know Federal agencies persist in spelling "gauge" as
"gage", valid but not the preferred spelling.  I don't
have access to a copy, but I wouldn't be surprised to
find simpler spellings of other words in the Federal

--- "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:
> >... "Americans spell 'light' as 'lite' and 'night'
> as 'nite'."
> IIRC, there was a simplified spelling scheme
> employed routinely by some
> 'respectable' US publications -- including
> particularly the "Chicago
> Tribune" -- as late as the 1970's. I recall seeing
> 'thoro' and 'thru' in
> particular -- in the "Tribune" I think. I don't know
> whether the reform
> extended to 'nite' and 'lite'.
> Many (otherwise) respectable persons use such
> 'reformed'/simplified
> spelling in personal correspondence, and I think
> it's popular in e-mail. I
> think I see it about as Lynne does, however.
> "Thru" and -- I think -- a few other 'reformed'
> spellings remain in
> 'serious' use on US road signs. Is the UK different
> in this regard?
> -- Doug Wilson

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