Re: NATLANG: icelandic, finnish, english
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 3:54|
On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 10:14:52 +0000, Ian Spackman <ianspackman@...> wrote:
>> > A lot of older English texts with otherwise
>> > apparently modern spelling spell 'diverse'
>> > as 'divers'. When did the final -e become usual?
>> I think it's still spelled as /divers/ in British
>> English. /diverse/ has pretty much always been the
>> American standard.
> 'Divers' and 'diverse' are two different words; the former is obsolescent,
> and means roughly 'several'.
Might be a bit strong to call them two different words... historically it
seems more to be a single lexeme that has specialized in meaning along its two
Actually, "diverse" can usually replace "divers" with little or no change in
actual meaning, while "divers" can't always replace divers: I don't think you
can say "The Germans have a divers culture" (however diverse it may actually
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