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Need some good pictures...
to see if this looks like an effective technique.
Not so sure I would want to.
"They said elderly village women helped the girls drag the plows".
Hopefully, not naked?
PS, is Reuter's spelling of "plows" correct?
Plow vs plough?
Are you used to seeing the word as 'plough'?
The usual American English spelling is 'plow' though I believe it is spelled differently in some other places.
US and UK: Two nations divided by a common language.
Yep I did wonder about the US version.
And I did see it as plough, UK spelling.
You have to admit...
"Plow" makes a hell of a lot more sense than "plough".
I think I've mentioned that one of my earliest jobs was re-lettering American spellings in comic book reprints to British spellings. I'm convinced that the Brits just sprinkled in random vowels and reverse letter orders to make trouble (possibly an evil influence of the French). "Manoeuvre" was particularly troublesome; it's used a lot in comics.
At the end of each issue Spider-Man would haul the bad guys off to gaol! There is no rational accounting for that!
I've always wondered ...
With some of those alternate spellings like 'gaol' or 'aluminium' or 'colour' ... do they SAY the word differently (aside from the charming accent) or do they say it more-or-less the same way we do?
In the case of "aluminium", I believe they do...
the others, I don't think so.
It is my understanding
(from an English teacher) that universal literacy was the problem. When just a few people were literate, spelling tended to be changed to make things simpler (and more phonetic). When more people could read and write, the spellings tended to become cast in concrete.
Have no idea whether it's true or not.
I don't doubt that it is true ...
I read somewhere that John Wycliffe spelled his name about 12 different ways at one time or another, and there is no doubt that he was a very well educated man.
I have also read that the tendency toward variant spellings was quite widespread up until the time of the printing press. Of course, there is considerable correlation between use of the printing press and increase in literacy.