Re: Spelling

Subject: Re: Spelling
From: "(RICHARD FRAMPTON (415) 472-3100 X3413 (FRAMPTONR%RIVER -dot- DECNET -at- CANADA -dot- CA -dot- CCH -dot- COM))" <FRAMPTONR%RIVER -dot- decnet -at- CANADA -dot- CA -dot- CCH -dot- COM()()>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 1994 12:29:00 EST

Your scalable/scaleable spelling problem reminds me of a war I waged in another
life. I wrote my Master's thesis on Impressionism in Chekhov's Short Stories
and I traced the origin of the term "Impressionism" back to a remark made by
Tolstoij after he had just seen an exhibition of "Impressionist" painting in
Moscow in the spring of 1891 that how like these "Impressionist:" pieces were
the short stories of Chekhov. Since much of my thesis was in the origins of
"Impressionism" in French painting I was very careful to use the word
"solvable" in one of my thesis constructs. My major professor objected to
the word as clumsy, etc. and wanted me to use "soluble" instead. (Word changes,
you know.) I insisted that "solvable" was unambiguous while "soluble" was
not and in the context I was dealing with I did not want to be mixing paint
with theoretic solutions. I prevailed in the end, but the process of arguing
over spellings sticks in my craw to this day. As with spellings in your life
spell as you please as long as you communicate--I think that's the point.

Richard Frampton
San Rafael, California
framptonr%river -dot- decnet -at- canada -dot- ca -dot- cch -dot- com

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