Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Word Porn


There's an interesting British spelling of a word that doesn't immediately come to mind when one mentions the differences between American and English spelling. Everyone knows about color/ colour, harbor/ harbour, center/ centre and so on. But how many know about 'dispatch' (American) and 'despatch' (English)? Not me.

I found this out upon receiving an email from Virgin Megastore informing me that a DVD I'd ordered had been 'despatched'.

On a side note, when it comes to women, I could give up nose-bleed-inducing altitudes of sexual bliss, intellect so sharp you could circumcise an armadillo with it, but I cannot (read: will not) sacrifice a like-minded fascination with how interesting language can be.

Hmmm. Crickets. I kind of expected a mad rush of high heels on their way out to buy a dictionary. Oh well. Another year of chickens suffering a grisly death by choking...

5 Comments:

Blogger Forsoothsayer said...

i know at least 3 girls who fall under that description. there must be more.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

Names and numbers, Forsooth, names and numbers...

7:41 PM  
Blogger Forsoothsayer said...

maho u already met two of them and one is married.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

I know you're one...who's the married other? Email me!

9:13 AM  
Blogger TeacherLady said...

Etymology rocks...

9:22 AM  

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