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You used it first

Posted by Dick Shunary on October 16, 2002

In Reply to: Usage v. usadge posted by Ed Stansell on October 16, 2002

: Is usa(d)ge a British spelling? In our unabridged dictionary, I found no alternate spelling for "usage."

: I know that we Yanks have our own spelling for some words, stemming from our desire to separate ourselve from the mother country. Perhaps this is one of them.

: ES

How should we know?