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Re: Another English History Question (YAEHQ?)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 3:15
On 8/7/06, Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:
> > You can disolve a substance in water or you can solve a problem. Either > way you > have solution.
Two 's's in "dissolve", which I point out not to be pedantic about spelling but to call attention to its etymology as "dis-" + "solve". It's a case of a verb and its morphological opposite yielding the same result. Perhaps the components of a problem solution should be dubbed "dissolutes" and the tools used to arrive at such solutions "dissolvents", just to complete the parallel. :) -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>