dwarfs vs dwarves

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 14 12:34:38 UTC 2008

Too bad that you didn't open it. Now, it's going to be on my mind all
day: "make a giant out of your dwarv" what? Oh, wait. Yes, of course.
What else could it be? Never mind. Sorry 'bout that.


On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 12:44 AM, sagehen <sagehen at westelcom.com> wrote:
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>  Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>  Poster:       sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
>  Subject:      Re: dwarfs vs dwarves
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>  Subject line of spam: "Make a giant of your dwarv." Since "dwarf" isn't, on
>  the face of it, a likely candidate for targetting by mail filters, I assume
>  this was a simple back-formation.  I didn't open the post, so don't know
>  what level of English proficiency may have been on display, here.
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