I met this spelling recently. I know it's archaic now but how was it pronounced?
Hi, shew is an archaic form of the word "show", as in "Show me the dictionary you are using.", or, "I saw a show in the theater.". Also, it is better to say, I encountered this word, or, I found this word... Stu
I guess you found it in Pygmalion. I think Shaw used it for reasons like those given by Lewis Carrol's Cook:
'He only does it to annoy
Because he knows it teases.'
(More here: http://www.literature.org/authors/ca...hapter-06.html )
Shaw was in favour of spelling reform - and I think he even left a bequest to finance either a study or a society devoted to it.
(But maybe it wasn't archaic in those days.)
Not the Cook (although she did join in the chorus); it was the Duchess.
Thanks! That's right, I found it in Pygmalion.