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Johnny in OKC BS: Yank Spelling (52* d) RE: BS: Yank Spelling 27 Apr 04


Amos: THANK YOU for using the term "a preventive of scurvy".

You may have noticed Americans using the word (?) "preventative".
There is a tendency to make things sound more important by
adding extra syllables. It just sounds stupid. And it looks
even more stupid in print.

Dave the gnome: Doesn't British simply mean anyone or anything
on the island of Great Britain? Wouldn't that include the
Scottish and Welsh? or the Lancastrian?

Is "Brit" an acceptable abbreviation? What would be better?

Mike the knife:
There was an interesting show on NPR where a gentleman
described Yankee as being derived from the Dutch term
janker, meaning a young man or new-comer. Thus the city
of Yonkers, New York.

We have somehow managed to retain the original spelling of
York, a splendid city in England. Maybe because there are
only four letters.

Thanks for another great BS topic.
Love, Johnny


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