Spellchecker annoyance

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  1. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    revery

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/revery

    Not the first time the site had me second guessing myself. So, I thought I should make some official complaint. Maybe others have noticed this too?
     
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I had never come across the spelling "revery". I have always spelt it "reverie" since it comes from French.

    By the way I was astonished that your dictionary link says the French "rêver" means "to speak wildly". I am sure the normal translation would be that "rêver" is "to dream". Je rêve = I dream, etc. From this, un rêve = a dream and une rêverie = a day-dream, a dreamy state.
     
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  5. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    It is supposed to be old (Middle) French , I think

    from the link

    " MiddleFrench resver to wander, be delirious" Is it connected to "reverse" perhaps?

    Interesting also that "rave" seems connected.
     
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  7. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Color or colour? Center or centre?

    Those off the top of my head.
     
  8. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    Spellcheckers" will be "decentralized" soon enough. They will guess your language /dialect and present it automotically to your interlocutors without skipping a beat.

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  9. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes it could be that revery is another example. I gather the US made a drive some time in the c.19th to rationalise spelling and that is why they got rid of the u in colour and turned round the order of r and e in words such as centre. In some ways the US approach is more logical, though to an English mind it loses some of the romance and history of the language in the process.
     
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  10. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I guess this old Southern boy has an English appreciation for language then. I tend to spell in American when I speak to folks around here, but I find myself shifting gears when I speak to y'all.

    For the most part: You cain't take "y'all" away from me.

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  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Well that is very cosmopolitan of you.

    Careful, Trump may think you are not a patriot.

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  12. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Clever old chemist. You might have my number.

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