Spelling with a c or an s (was Re: A College of Magics)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at charter.net
Thu Aug 28 18:16:58 EDT 2003

I think that, with some of these, there's a *pronunciation* 
difference that signals the spelling difference.

>On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
>In the US, as far as I can remember:
>You advise someone, therefore you have given them advice.

advise = pronounced like rise
advice = pronounced like rice

>The seer prophesied a prophecy.

Here it's the vowel sound that's different
prophesied = pronounced like glide
prophecy = prounounced like glee

>The engineer devised a device.

This is like advise/advice.

Not sure if the difference in pronunciation is WHY there's a 
difference in spelling (or the other way around), but it is an 
interesting correlation.

Fairy tales are not true--fairy tales are important, and they are not 
true, they are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons 
exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
G.K. Chesterton

Ian W. Riddell
iwriddell at charter.net
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