Stumbled across the spelling, _'till_, from 1762

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 18 00:41:39 UTC 2014

I'm forced to admit, wum mo' wince, that what was old is new, again, and is
not an "error" originating some time after 1954, when I completed four
years of *intensive* study of the proper spelling - five class-hours a week
of English, each hour opening with a spelling test - of literary English.


Count Basie popularized the phrase, "one more once," but Saint Louis, as
usual, was different. Just as we preferred "from the BE-ginning" to "from
the get-go," so also we preferred "one more 'gain [gIn]" to "one more once."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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