Poll: He's a _____ old man

He's a _____ old man

sprightly
spritely

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  • Votes: 437
  • Comments: 4
  • Added: April 2004

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Comments:

garwy

both surely are correct. 'sprightly' indicates an energy and vigour which are common but unexpected in old age. 'spritely' claims the old man is sprite-like (perhaps he moves via pixel-by-pixel relocation).

correct usage should not be allowed to block off interesting wongs in the language.

tdol

That's why I put it up. A newspaper described a politician in the UK (aged about 90) as 'spritely' and he complained about it. In his case, there is nothing elfin-like about him.

mackenzie

Ithink sprightly is right cause the old
man is inerjetic .

Balakrishnan

'sprightly' refers to the full of spirit and vitality makes his nature

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