"shyster" [was: Linguistic dark matter]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 22 18:46:56 UTC 2010

At 12/22/2010 01:05 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
>It may have been a spelling error, but I can't see using the word "error" so
>readily of a ... chronolect? ... in which there was so much less of a
>standard. (Cf. Shakespeare's signatures.) Letters came and letters went, and
>who the *h* cared? Call it variation.

Apparently the OED cared about the "h"  :-)  As I noted in a previous
message, it has no quotations containing "shyster" that mean
"sister", but not a few with "syster".


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