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Rushing Into Print - Always Double Check
I am writing this with egg on my face after rushing into print for which I have criticized others. My posting on the NER Iconoclast of half an hour ago referred to the Constitution instead of the Declaration of Independence and after double checking after the fact – all the sites on the internet with the text of The Declaration of Independence I found (including duplicates of the original text) use the spelling ‘Unalienable’. So I was doubly wrong. My dictionaries at home are The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and The American Heritage Dictionary ; Second College edition and both show the spelling as ‘ inalienable’ with no alternative spelling indicated. In my rush to appear as a wise guy, I also referred to both the 3rd and 4th grade where I thought I had read the text in school and memorized the initial passages.
Perhaps in the course of 225 years, there have been small vowel changes and a revision of spelling – I wait to be enlightened by others more learned in the development of the American English language since 1776. The moral of the story is Do Not Rush into Print before you are certain of the facts – as our politicians in both parties should know but repeatedly ignore and then have to apologize.
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