Boost logo

Boost :

Subject: Re: [boost] [Boost.Local] Review
From: Lorenzo Caminiti (lorcaminiti_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-11-23 05:42:53

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 5:24 AM, Leo Goodstadt <bunbun68_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> John Bytheway <jbytheway+boost <at>> writes:
>> >
>> > On 19/11/11 20:39, Brent Spillner wrote:
>> > > On Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:59:26 lorcaminiti wrote:
>> > >>> The title is spelt wrong (should be Acknowledgements)
>> > > Actually, "Acknowledgments" is the traditionally correct spelling.
>> > > There are some dictionaries that accept "Acknowledgement," but this
>> > > reads as faddish and less literate.  A similar word is "judgment"---
>> > > both are frequently misspelled even by native speakers.
>> BTW, I grew up spelling both as "acknowledgement" and "judgement". Online
>> sources seem to indicate that in Britain those spellings are the norm while in
>> the US the 'e' after 'g' is usually dropped. But I was born and raised here in
>> the US so what gives? Given that my first name is "Geoff" (English spelling) and
>> not "Jeff" (American spelling) the confusion is readily apparent?
> This is where the Oxford English Dictionary with all its historical
> citations comes
> in handy.
> For "acknowledgment" / "acknowledgement": both spellings started out in the
> 16th c. but the first form historically was found more in the US. Citations
> from the 19th and 20th c show that both variants are found on both sides
> of the Atlantic (e.g. the short form in the UK in Dickens, Bronte, Macaulay)
> though the long form seems to predominate in the 20c only in U.K.
> newspapers.
> For "judgement" / "judgment": judgement seems slightly more consistent
> etymologically (with the Old French/Norman "iugement"?). This may be why
> it seems to be preferred by the OED. However, both forms are equally old,
> and >80% of the modern citations have the *short* form not the
> long form, on both sides of the Atlantic.
> Conclusion: Spell these words however you want!

OK, thanks a lot :)

> Hope that clears thing up.


Boost list run by bdawes at, gregod at, cpdaniel at, john at