Tho (was: Blandness (was: Uusisuom's influences))
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 9, 2001, 18:24|
At 12:37 am -0400 9/4/01, Nik Taylor wrote:
>David Peterson wrote:
>> Common for fast food. "Tho" I've never seen anywhere but this list.
>> Find me an example in the real world and I'll believe you.
>"Thru" I've also seen on road signs. "Tho" may be limited to online
>contexts, tho NOT just this list.
...and not just to online contexts. I've been using _tho_ informally for
some 40 to 50 years - and that predates e-mails quite a bit, methinks. I
find it very unlikely that I alone in the whole anglophone world have been
My dictionary lists:" _tho'_ same as _though_", which suggests _tho'- has
been around for some time - but I have a feeling that if I did a bit of
research I'd find earlier uses of _tho_ also without the apostrophe; after
all, we happily accept _so_, _go_ and _no_ without any fuss.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]