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    shew

    I met this spelling recently. I know it's archaic now but how was it pronounced?

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    Re: shew

    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

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    Re: shew

    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.)

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    Re: shew

    PS Not the Cook (although she did join in the chorus); it was the Duchess.

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    Re: shew

    Thanks! That's right, I found it in Pygmalion.

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