How do you spell 40 as a word?

Created by Earthling on Jul 26, 2010

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Fourty

Forty

I don't know

I can't use a dictionary

I'm dyslexic

Who cares

This is off topic

Americans spell it differently

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#376 Sep 15, 2012
Still no evidence that forty was ever correctly spelt with a U during the last 200 years, apart from LessFact's memory, although he does admit it isn't up to much:
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Twelve years before then. I know that I have trouble remembering things exactly from twelve years before.

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PHD

Houston, TX

#377 Sep 15, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
Still no evidence that forty was ever correctly spelt with a U during the last 200 years, apart from although I do admit I isn't up to much:<quoted text>
Yes but its hands down that you are the commander of useless babble tainted with hate covered with spam cut and paste.

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#378 Sep 17, 2012
I'm still waiting for that one simple piece of evidence that forty was 'correctly' spelt with a U within the last 200 years.

I'm especially interested in a sight of the imaginary dictionary that Mr Undoubtably Spelt Fourty 'claims' he used at school in 60s Ontario.
James Hansen

Spain

#379 Sep 19, 2012
I want my grandchildren to spell forty with an A.

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#380 Sep 22, 2012
NobodyYouEverWantToKnow, aka:
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
"scientific skepticims[sic]"
NoFactAllHype wrote:
"philosphical[sic] skepticsm[sic]"
NoFactAllHype wrote:
'philosphical[sic] skepticism'
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/global-warmin...

Three ways to spell scepticism, by LessFact, but only one way to spell philosophical wrong.

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#381 Sep 23, 2012
NobodyYouEverWantToKnow, aka:
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Despite the name misqueue[sic], the LIA was NOT an 'ice age'.
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
I was very good at spelling.

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PHD

Houston, TX

#382 Sep 23, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
useless babble, aka:dirtling
<quoted text>
Are we to expect more empty pages from you today?

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#383 Sep 23, 2012
My thanks to PHDumbo for keeping this thread near the top.
PHD

Houston, TX

#384 Sep 23, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
My thanks to PHDumbo for keeping this thread near the top.
And you should thank me for keeping you at the bottom. Actually itís not a hard task you do fine on your own.

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#385 Sep 28, 2012
Apart from inane comments, no one has yet been able to produce a shred of evidence that forty was ever spelt with a U, not even Mr Undoubtably Spelt Fourty.
PHD

Houston, TX

#386 Sep 28, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
Apart from inane comments, no one has yet been able to produce a shred of evidence that forty was ever spelt with a U, not even Mr Undoubtably Spelt Fourty.
No one would include you. Well expected for the commander of useless babble and so on.

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#387 Oct 4, 2012
A page of classic LessFact discussing the spelling of 40:
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/global-warmin...
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Here in Canada we use actual English and the correct spelling in English is four.. and fourty, etc. I gather than English in Spain is getting contaminated with American mispelling[sic]?

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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
The original spelling was fourty with forty being the American corruption[sic]. And spelt is just a phonetic rendition of the correct english[sic]'Spelled'. As usual, the corrupt have come to think of themselvse[sic] as the majority and so 'correct'.
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Samual[sic] Johnson was an american[sic] and as I have pointed out, American misspellings are where the error ORIGINATED.

And yes. I have said time and again that the American spelling has become dominant. My POINT was that it IS an American invention that has become dominant through methods such as U.S. word processors (i.e MS Word spell checker uses US variants).
How to prove that Al Gore didn't invent the internet. Well YOU would obviously google it and find millions of references to the idea that he HAD invented the internet. Your 'historical research' skills are crap.
I was very good at spelling. And fourty was one of those words you have to be careful with. I remember the spelling from the dictionary quite clearly. It showed FOURTY as the correct spelling and FORTY as an american invention.
I don't even care that the language has drifted with cultural influence. Pretty soon we will include L8R as the correct spelling of later. But I will use metres, Imperial gallons, litres, etc exactly as defined without contamination from the US no matter how much they influence others.
Meter and Liter are still understood to be U.S. spelling mistakes but eventualy even that will be lost as the spell checkers 'unify' the language according to US usage. And the internet is spreading the rot so that even people who SHOULD know better are fooled.
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litesong

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#388 Oct 4, 2012
steenking piddling diddling middling mudling mudslinger dirtling wrote:
"steenking piddling diddling middling mudling mudslinger dirtling" bumps this thread again. Since it figured out the Arctic sea ice might melt faster, it wants to see it go away before it dies, & is excitedly filling the forum with stuff.

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#389 Oct 4, 2012
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Well, there is at least one U.S. "Samuel L Jackson". I believe he is in movies so his name would be well linked to the USA. I could not have known you were referring to some 18th century character, though perhaps I should have.
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Not unless you can prove that HE didn't mispell[sic] it. As I said, the U.S. mispelling[sic] was PROBABLY due to copying his amateurish mistake.
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
My point is that dictionaries are the product of the epystimologist[sic] and he showed a lot of amateurishness. Being first is NOT the same as being right. First is actually often the worst and corrected in later drafts. I am still trying to find an online reference to say a Canadian dictionary from before the advent of MS-Word.
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
It is hardly so easily proven. Even epystimologists cannot say that their dictionaries are accurate. Spelling and meaning of words is a moving target and you never have 100% compliance.

And my claim was only that in 1960, in Canada, a country that preserved ( in the populous Eastern provinces at least) the language of English, I was taught 'Correct English'. I support this also with my reading of Canadian dictionaries of the time that had Forty as the 'Americanization' of the correct Egnlish spelling of 'fourty'. I have accepted easily that MS-Word and American spelling is taking over the world for people that are too lazy or silly to care.

Turning Fourty[sic] into an irregular word while retaining the proper spelling of fourteen, fourfold, etc never made ANY sense.
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PHD

Houston, TX

#390 Oct 4, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Hay have you seen your care giver today? It looks like your meds have expired again.

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#391 Oct 6, 2012
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
The point is that I learned 'correct English spelling' very well and will use it even if MS-word takes over the rest of the world. SOMEONE has to maintain their integrity from these 'revisonists'[sic].
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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Wrong. I said that I was taught 'proper English spelling' back in the 60's in Canada where the dictionaries listed "forty' as an American revision ( promoted by Webster to make American English 'distinct' from British English). The advanatage of providing 'spelling checkers' such as for MS-Word has distributed these barbarisms into most counties today.
As I said before, the popularity of US spellings means that they have changed the spelling for most people with 'forty' significantly more popular today as people are 'indoctrinated' by their spell checking. But I have never agreed to 'americanize' my spelling and I do not intend to.
All he is doing here is trying to promote a 'spelling/syntax/semantic 'rebuttal' into an endless distraction by trying to claim that the 'new spelling' is correct and all other forms are (and worse alwasy[sic] have been) invalid. This is nonsense as even in 1755 the spelling of words was never 'locked down' and it isn't today. Fourteen may soon become 'forteen' too. But I will spell it as I learned the correct spelling to be. He can add L8r to the dictionary too. I just won't use it.
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Actually it was spelled with a U in my lifetime, which is how I learned to spell it that way. Just as I learned that 'spelt' is a cereal grain, and that the past tense of spell is 'spelled'.

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PHD

Houston, TX

#392 Oct 6, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yet another empty page from the dirtling. Have you seen your care giver today?

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#393 Oct 7, 2012
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
A 1960's era Canadian dictionary that hadn't yet been corrupted by 'Americanization' of the languages.

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LessFactMoreHype wrote:
That is YOUR distorted claim. Mine was that I learned 'fourty' as the correct english[sic] spelling in 60's Ontario with both my teachers and the dictionary of the time listing 'forty' as an american[sic] corruption similar to or part of those perpetrated by Noah Webster to 'differentiate' American English.
And I have agreed that with modern spell checkers distributed by MS word and others using the 'forty' as the correct variation, the currrent 'popular' spelling is the irregular one.
http://www.topix.com/forum/science/TLPA6PSH15...
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
It was not a spelling error. My point was that I remembered clearly the distinction in 1960's Ontario by my English teacher, reinforced by reading the dictionary, which had ( at that time ) the spelling of 'fourty' with the 'American ALternate' of 'forty'.
I made no claims for the rest of the world or the rest of time.
And even when the first dictionary was made, the spelling was inconsistent. The dictionary choose[sic] the most popular, not the most correct spelling and still do today. With the dominance of US based spelling checkers, the language is changing to reflect this domination.
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PHD

Houston, TX

#394 Oct 8, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Another empty page from the dirtling. This could be a good thing the useless babble is starting to go away.Have you seen your care giver today?

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#395 Oct 16, 2012
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
As I pointed out many times, I stated only that 'fourty' was the spelling taught in 1960's Ontario and the form "forty" which has gained ascendancy throught Americanization and US word processor spelling checkers was promoted by the US in concert with many other 'revisions' to distinguish American English from the original.
At no time has spelling being enforced or uniform globally. Roofs of[sic] rooves is still debatable..
You keep twisting this out of shape to try to make it an 'issue'. All it does is show you to have no real arguments or intelligence to contribute so all I can say is "Happy New Year" and "Get a life"..
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/lake-oswego-o...
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
The same as is being spelling[sic] four with a 'u', fourteen with a u, fourscore with a u, fourfold with a u, etc etc etc. The deliberate 'bastardization' of American spelling by Sam[sic] Webster to make it 'distinguishable' from British spelling is just so petty and certainly not consistent even within his changes.
But as you say. A UK public school educations[sic] isn't worth much so I guess they don't spend much effort on getting it right. Unlike Canada where the original spelling has held on up until the dominance of US based spell checkers.

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