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Re: Gaol and all

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, December 12, 1999, 13:48
At 1:03 am -0500 12/12/99, Nik Taylor wrote:
>abrigon wrote: >> >> I thought Gaol and like was an old name for Jail. Could be the Theatre >> and Gaol comes from the same root or likely cause of a possible place >> Theatres used to be held at or ...
Not quite sure what Mike is getting at, but...
>Gaol is just another spelling of "jail", coming from a period before the >invention of the letter "j".
Yep - except our forebears were quite happy to write /dZ/ as {i} in those days :) 'gaol' is the traditional Brit spelling of 'jail', and derives from Old =46rench 'gaole' /dZa'ol@/ (--> modern French 'ge=F4le') <-- low Latin: gabi= ola "cage", ultimately derived from Latin 'cauea' /'kawea/ "cage".
>Theatre is the British spelling of >American Theater, the common -er/-re alternation. >
Yep - and we Brits were beginning to change, e.g. older 'entre' (<-- French 'entrer' <-- Latin 'intrare') had become 'enter', just as we were changing -our to -or, e.g. 'terrour' had become 'terror'. But the Americans decided - sensibly IMHO - to carry the changes through consistently & so conservatives Brits were able to establish unnecessary shibboleths and thus halt the process here. Ray. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D