Re: Typo of the Day (Stuart Burnfield)

Subject: Re: Typo of the Day (Stuart Burnfield)
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 09:30:26 +0300

I still see "gaol" from time to time used in Britain. However, the
typo may not have been so far out. As Wikipedia would have it:

"The Oxford English Dictionary states that "gaol" comes from the
Norman French spelling gaiole down to the 17th century as gaile. It
remains in written form in the archaic spelling gaol mainly through
statutory and official tradition. The only remaining spoken
pronunciation is jail (/ËdÊeÉl/), from the Old Parisian French word
jaiole. In modern French, the word geÃle is still used in literary
contexts to refer to jail."

Ah, words are to me but as a plaything...



> From:ÂStuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>

> Subject:ÂRe: Typo of the Day
> Letter from a Social Security clerk to someone applying for unemployment benefit after a spell in prison:
> "Please advise the date on which you entered gail."

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