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  • (Quote from GlasgowJohn) It’s my favorite word learned from a dear Irish friend. She also loved to regale us with childhood tales of her sister warning her about being on time for school, “or you’re going to be kilt!” (As I write that, I guess she’d also have said “learnt?”)
  • “Kill or be Kilt.” I love a good pun. I believe the British past participle form (learnt, spilt, etc) was the preferred if not the ONLY form used in the US in the 19th and early 20th century. Why that form evolved from -t to -ed, I don’t know. This is an example of languages evolving differently in the mother country and its colonies in the New World. It is interesting that the French spoken in SW Louisiana is much closer to that spoken in Maine than that spoken in France. Both American states’ …
  • (Quote from GlasgowJohn) Yes, that is the same: a learned professor, a blessed hermit, pronounced with two syllables. (Quote from Splinter) This difference can drive an American editor crazy, while/whilst working on a Brit’s manuscript! 😉😁😜