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theatrical gh (was: Cyrillic for English)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, December 12, 1999, 6:40
At 11:07 am -0500 11/12/99, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit: > >> Could well be - or the older spellings kept for special effect - as I've >> occasionally met 'theatre' & 'gaol' in America to give 'quaint' or 'olde >> worlde' effect. > >"Theatre" is used in the sense "place where plays are performed" by >people in the theatre business, and a fortiori in the names of >theatres. In all other senses ("operating theater" in a hospital, >"movie theater", "theater of operations" in military strategy, etc.), >"theater" is used.
Thanks for the explanation. I had seen 'theatre' in the States - but my visits there are, alas, too infrequent & too short to pick up such nuances of meaning. At least I was right about 'theatre' being an affected use - just wrong about the effect of the affectation ;) But if Nik is proved right about 'gh' dropping out of normal, everyday spelling during the 21st cent - and I think this may well happen - then I suspect some 'gh' spellings will get preserved for affected use. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================