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    Billy Bates

    Over the course of a spot of research in which I was happily engaging myself today, I came across this most charmingly illiterate letter, written in 1880, from Billy Bates to the Todmorden Cricket Club:

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    Lascelles Hall Hall
    April 28/1880

    Sir

    I ham oping for engagments for the bowling
    [the "b" looks an awful lot like an "f"] dates and my terms is 30 per Match

    Nameley

    June
    [he crosses out July] 19 and 26
    July = 10
    Augst = 28

    Yours Truly
    W Bates
    Cheers,
    Rodney Ulyate

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    Cricket humour maybe.
    Last edited by cover drive man; 23-06-2007 at 05:27 AM.
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    Please CDM, if you are english, please spell humoUr the English way rather than the American way. Whilst I am sure both versions are acceptable under in the Oxford English Dictionary, its a very slippery slope to cars being run on tIres rather than tyres, people walking on sidewalks rather than pavements and us all driving automobiles rather than cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    Cricket humor maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Please CDM, if you are english, please spell humoUr the English way rather than the American way. Whilst I am sure both versions are acceptable under in the Oxford English Dictionary, its a very slippery slope to cars being run on tIres rather than tyres, people walking on sidewalks rather than pavements and us all driving automobiles rather than cars.
    That's tellin' 'im!

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    It really is coming to something when a washed-up, prematurely middle-aged New Zealander is telling a Pom how to use their own language. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    It really is coming to something when a washed-up, prematurely middle-aged New Zealander is telling a Pom how to use their own language. Sigh.
    Echoed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Please CDM, if you are english, please spell humoUr the English way rather than the American way. Whilst I am sure both versions are acceptable under in the Oxford English Dictionary, its a very slippery slope to cars being run on tIres rather than tyres, people walking on sidewalks rather than pavements and us all driving automobiles rather than cars.
    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    It really is coming to something when a washed-up, prematurely middle-aged New Zealander is telling a Pom how to use their own language. Sigh.
    Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    It really is coming to something when a washed-up, prematurely middle-aged New Zealander is telling a Pom how to use their own language. Sigh.
    Of course, you're hardly innocent yourself, Heath: "telling a Pom how to use their own language"? Come now!

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    There's a lot more reasons besides that one why I'm not innocent, Neville.

    Americanisms annoy me more than anything due to having to take a crowbar to Microsoft Word everytime I have to write a letter to prevent it automatically 'correcting' words to have 'z' in them, changing Sulphur to Sulfur.... Having to struggle to do that means that when there is some free will involved and people who should be using English use American... its frustrating.

    Interestingly, last time I was over in Aus, a lot of mechanics had changed the word 'Tyre' to 'Tire'. This conversation makes me tired to be honest. I'm just holding back the tide with the palm of my hand as the dictatorship of Microsoft tells the world how they should be spelling anyway. American English is the unfortunate future.

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    Pretty sure Mr Bates would have been thankful for a spell checker though.

    Assuming someone told him how to turn on a computer, that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    There's a lot more reasons besides that one why I'm not innocent, Neville.
    I admire your usage of the age-old English practice of self-deprecation, Heath -- most pertinent.

    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Americanisms annoy me more than anything due to having to take a crowbar to Microsoft Word everytime I have to write a letter to prevent it automatically 'correcting' words to have 'z' in them, changing Sulphur to Sulfur.... Having to struggle to do that means that when there is some free will involved and people who should be using English use American... its frustrating.
    Do you not have "English (U.K.)"?

    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Interestingly, last time I was over in Aus, a lot of mechanics had changed the word 'Tyre' to 'Tire'. This conversation makes me tired to be honest. I'm just holding back the tide with the palm of my hand as the dictatorship of Microsoft tells the world how they should be spelling anyway. American English is the unfortunate future.
    NEVER!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Pretty sure Mr Bates would have been thankful for a spell checker though.

    Assuming someone told him how to turn on a computer, that is.
    Not very nice, Samuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post

    Do you not have "English (U.K.)"?
    I most certainly do. I actually use English (New Zealand) set as the default dictionary, but it changes back to English (U.S.) whenever it can do so!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    I most certainly do. I actually use English (New Zealand) set as the default dictionary, but it changes back to English (U.S.) whenever it can do so!!
    I saved a blank document with "English (U.K.)" and now work off that for everything.

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