At 07:06 PM 2002-08-19 -0500, W0UN--John Brosnahan wrote:
>At 12:38 PM 8/19/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>>John W0UN and Lew W7EW,
>>I really eat it up when you cunning linguists have such a stimulating
>>debate. John, I'm afraid Lew licked you on this one.
>Lew was using the The Oxford American Dictionary, Heald Colleges Edition for
>his definitions. Whereas I was using the Random House Dictionary of the
>English Language, Unabridged Edition.
These are both American English dictionarys.
Who won between Lew and John doesnot matter to me, as I learned hence I won.
>And my primary issue on the spelling of lightning remains unchallenged.
I review my three small dictionarys looking for "lightening" to no
avail. However, found "lighten', basically meaning to add light or to
reduce weight. Then I went to two medical dictionaries, nothing in the
first, aha, something in the second. It states the definition similar to
what John gave, but, mentions that the original was AS meaning "less
heavy". Methinks that for most of us lightning is a bright flash and
lightening is removing weight from a ship.
But I won, since, I have learned something new.
Chris opr VE7HCB
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