Sunday, May 29, 2005

Ditch the 'e'

I'm reminded by a headline in the Wall Street Journal describing the Memorial Day picnic as a Moveable Feast that this is the time of year (along with the winter holidays) that this shopworn hed turns up, usually misspelled.

So if you must use it, it's Movable

First-listed spelling in Webster's.

Just like salable, likable and usable.

3 Comments:

At 5/31/05, 11:31 AM, Blogger Graeme said...

Hi, Mr. Fisher:

Interesting note. I never knew. I always spell them with Es.

Besides, what is a "movable feast?"

 
At 5/31/05, 1:51 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Graeme:

The origin of the word is reference to a religious celebration that recurs annually, but on a different date each time. Easter is the most widely cited example.

Doug

 
At 6/1/05, 8:11 PM, Blogger aparker54 said...

I blame Hemingway for the "e." But I blame Hemingway for a lot of things.

 

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