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April 03, 2023


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Very…🤔 um…insictful, indeed! 😉

Love learning etymology. Thanks for this!

I always thought Americanization of the English language eliminated useless letters, like the “u” in labour or colour, or the “gh” in night to “nite”. Still work to do I guess.

I think the Americanization of English owes something to a spat between Webster and Johnson. Webster wanted to make American English distinct and he also sought to eliminate unneeded letters as in labor and color. That may simply be an urban myth - not sure.

John and Nick: Noah Webster's interest in spelling reform had more to do with logic (or "logic") and aesthetics than patriotism. Merriam-Webster has a good summary:
His record was mixed:

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