Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Twelfth Nighfth

Have you ever really looked at the spelling of the word "twelfth"? Isn't it, like, a little bit crazy? Like the weirdest, most demonic triphthong ever devised? 

Except, that is, for "triphthong"?


Steve Laniel said...

The history of the word is pretty awesome, as you might imagine. Check out the OED entry for it; since the OED isn't publicly accessible, I cached a copy of the entry.

Jim Leff said...

Wow, yeah, it's easy to imagine how an aberration like "twelfth" could have come out of all that!

Thanks for posting!

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