[Ads-l] A sign of the Apocalypse

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 23 19:35:26 EST 2017


On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > this doesn't bother me.
>
>
> But, but, surely, you jest! This is <sob!> David bleeping *Crystal*! He's
> famous in the field, not some random nincompoop posting to Facebook!
>
> Does no one care?!


Well, since DC is all about Original Pronunciation, perhaps he also uses
Original Spelling Variation. The OED indicates that "their" appeared as a
variant of "there" up through Shakespeare's day, as in the 1535 Coverdale
Bible: "Their myssed nothinge of all the good that the Lorde had promysed."

--bgz

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list