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July 26, 2006

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>or an arguable point such as till and until

This is simply not an arguable point. Both forms are perfectly legitimate, both have a lo-o-o-o-o-ong history in English. As Pullum has gone to such pains to point out, "till" is not a corruption of "until". There is literally nothing to argue about. Except, of course, why people get so flippin' worked up about this one. :-)

Uh, supercede has been an accepted spelling for about 400 years now.

"Supersede" is historically and etymologically correct, and listed as "preferred" in every dictionary I've checked. Besides, I think one spelling per English word is plenty. (Unless you're commuting between the UK or Canada and the U.S.)

'Supercede' is the same thing semantically (go above, take priority over) and also has a Latin precedent. They're two different words with different etymologies and virtually identical meanings.

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