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CHAT behove etc (was: Natlag: Middle English impersonal verbs)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Friday, March 10, 2006, 7:27
Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote:
> On 10/03/06, Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
>>>>I wonder if behoves was an impersonal verb that just hung in there. It >>>>behoves me to write that letter of recommendation. >>> >>>(Isn't that normally spelled "behooves"?) >> >>Yup, typo. Also influenced by the old spelling. > > > I was of the impression "behoove" is American and "behove" is British > (and presumably Australian)---
"behove" is British. It is, however, historically pronounced /bI'hu:v/, i.e. rhyming with "move". But because the world is rarely used, on the few occasions when it is, one more often than not hears a spelling pronunciation that makes it rhyme with 'rove' & 'trove'. It seems our Merkan cousins have retained the historic pronunciation, but amended the spelling accordingly, tho not carrying the reform through to 'move' or 'prove' :) And on both sides of the Pond we continue to write 'dove', 'love' & 'shove', despite the absurdity of the spelling. -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>