Megginson's Spelling

David Megginson david at
Thu Mar 25 13:31:00 GMT 1999

To all those kind people who pointed out my alleged misspelling of

1. I've never been a competent speller (I was warned as an
   undergraduate that if I studied Medieval or Renaissance English
   with the original orthography I'd never be able to spell Modern
   English again).

2. I plan to claim that I was using a sixteenth-century spelling.  I
   haven't actually found such a spelling used in the sixteenth
   century -- the earliest recorded usage of the word is from
   Brathwait in 1631, and he is already using the nouveau
   'pedantically' spelling -- but I'll keep looking.

3. As Donne wrote (cited in the OED), "Busie old foole, unruly
   sunne, ... Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes"
   (see what I mean about spelling?).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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