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On 2008-04-11 14:34, plasticdestiny wrote:
That gave me pause for thought.

According to Wikipedia:

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Grey became the established British spelling in the 20th century, pace Dr. Johnson and others,[95] and is but a minor variant in American English, according to dictionaries. Canadians tend to prefer grey. Non-cognate greyhound is never grayhound.


Because of my rugby club's name, "Olde Grey" I use the British spelling rather than "gray"
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On 2008-04-11 14:13, DStachowiak wrote:
Which of course begs the question, does the curtain match the drapes?


Don't ask questions that you may not want to hear the answer to. Smile


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On 2008-04-11 14:13, DStachowiak wrote:
Which of course begs the question, does the curtain match the drapes?


I thought the question was "does the carpet match the drapes.

Or is it "do the pillow shams match the duvet covers". I don't know
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On 2008-04-10 13:31, plasticdestiny wrote:
Is not a male blond and a female blonde?

This is the general distinction.

I'm blond; my little sister's blonde.
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Blond....James Blond
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On 2008-04-12 04:59, Josh the Superfluous wrote:
Blond....James Blond


That's the dumbest thing I ever read. And I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon.




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On 2008-04-12 02:17, S2000magician wrote:
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On 2008-04-10 13:31, plasticdestiny wrote:
Is not a male blond and a female blonde?

This is the general distinction.

I'm blond; my little sister's blonde.

Since the word is borrowed from French this is indeed correct.
The same goes for brunet or brunette. Due to the fact that we generally don't have male and female attachments to our words, it is usually not taught that way to either native or 2nd langugae speakers, thus many seem to think it has something to do with American as opposed to British spelling, which it doesn't. I do think that eventually we will only use brunet and blond. In fact I prefer to teach students to use only these and then tell them that when they encounter the other spelling (in reading) to know what it means (the same meaning) but not to use it.
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I think I'll start using blond. Just because I hate seeing that little red squiggly line.

What does Firefox do with the word "grey"? AHA! Red squiggly line. The truly funny thing is that there is a red squiggly line under "Firefox". HarHar!

Here's one for you abc: I have written "Goodbye" my entire life, but I often run into older books with "Goodby" in it, which looks wrong to me (and Firefox Smile) because my brain reads it "good bee". The question is this: if we will eventually go to brunet and blond, will we return to Goodby? And should Goodby be capitalized?

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Well, that is why English is sometimes confusing. If you read "by" as a seperate word, do you read "bee" or "bye".
When the Caf was all about magicians carving messages in stone and leaving them on the beach for other magicians to read and carve their opinions in stone, I am sure there was a discussion on whether it should be goodby or goodbye. Goodbye seems to make more phonetical sense to us purely because we have become used to reading it like that. I assume that is why it has become the popular and common form. I think the same would apply to blond.
As for whether it should be capitalized. Unless it is a single word forming a greeting sentence, it shouldn't. You should say "Say goodbye to the uncle".
Now that that is done.....
Goodbye.
PS Grey and gray gives me blond hair with a grayish tint and grey eyebrows but turns my wife into a blonde Chinese. Then we wonder why people say "Man, english is a hard language." Go figure.
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Goodbye
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OK? That's yet another Firefox quirk. I usually writ okay, but have switched entirely to OK because the latter has no red squiggly line under it.

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"English is sometimes confusing."

Sure is.

Look at the word 'bow'. It can be used to describe four things.
A greeting, a tied ribbon, a weapon or front of a boat.
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It's also what a dog says before "wow".
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I don't know the rules on this, but my personal habit has been to use "blond" as a labeling of a color ("She has blond hair.") and "blonde" as a designation for a person with that color hair ("Carol Wayne was my favorite blonde.")
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On 2008-04-10 13:31, plasticdestiny wrote:
Is not a male blond and a female blonde?

This is the general distinction.

I'm blond; my little sister's blonde.

Since the word is borrowed from French this is indeed correct.

According to a t-shirt of my daughter's, English does not borrow words from other languages. Rather, English follows other languages into dark alleys, mugs them, goes through their clothing, and takes what it wants.
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What a great t-shirt!
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On 2008-04-23 19:18, S2000magician wrote:
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On 2008-04-13 10:10, abc wrote:
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On 2008-04-12 02:17, S2000magician wrote:
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On 2008-04-10 13:31, plasticdestiny wrote:
Is not a male blond and a female blonde?

This is the general distinction.

I'm blond; my little sister's blonde.

Since the word is borrowed from French this is indeed correct.

According to a t-shirt of my daughter's, English does not borrow words from other languages. Rather, English follows other languages into dark alleys, mugs them, goes through their clothing, and takes what it wants.

I was rudely informed today that we "intelectuals" (I have no idea why I was being called an intelectual, I actually thought the person was addressing someone else at first) shouldn't use the words "borrow" or "loan" from another language as there is no intent to return it. The correct word should be "taken" to which I responded "but if we take it doesn't it mean they no longer have it?" I wasn't too popular.
Now, I wish I had that T-shirt. I could have performed a Superman and it would have saved the day.
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Abc,

Wait till the 'intelectual' becomes 'intellectual'. If he's pompous now, he'll be unbearable then.

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On 2008-04-24 11:11, abc wrote:
. . . we . . . shouldn't use the words "borrow" or "loan" . . . .

Furthermore, most people use loan when they mean lend, but that's another matter.

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On 2008-04-24 11:11, abc wrote:
. . . I wish I had that T-shirt.

I'll try to find out where she got it, and to get the exact quote.
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The exact quote is: English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.

She got it at the PAX - the Penny Arcade Exchange - in Seattle. She's offered to hunt about on line should anyone want one of their own.
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