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Jun 02 2013

Sunday Funnies

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  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    DWARVES

    /educated

  2. 2
    Uncle Glenny

    New Oxford American Dictionary:

    pl. dwarfs or dwarves

    /nyah-nyah

  3. 3
    Chris Rodda

    I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone here to look up the spelling of “dwarfs” … LOL

    But I already knew “dwarfs” was acceptable because my spelling police English teacher sister looked it up as soon as I posted this on Facebook the other day and posted a comment saying it could be spelled either way.

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    If we reserve the “…ves” for the plural form, that clarifies that the “…fs” signifies a verb.

    But as I stand at 5’9″, my opinion shouldn’t count for much in this anyway.

  5. 5
    tubi

    Whatever makes you happy, Pierce.

  6. 6
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    IIRC “dwarfs” used to be the more common form and you have to thank Tolkien for the surge of dwarves

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    richardelguru

    Yup! JRR popularised it (and nearly went for the even more etymological ‘dwarrows’)

    The choice of plurals for dwarf dwarfs that of most words:
    duerȜ, dweorȜ, dweorh, dwæruh, dweruȜ, dwerȜ, dwerȜe, dwergh, dwargh, dwarghe, duergh, dwerk, duerch, duerche, dorche, droich, dweruf, dwerf, dwerfe, dwerff, dwerffe, dwrfe, dwarfe, dwarff, dwarffe, dwearf, dwarf, duerwe, durwe, dwarw, dwerwh, dwerwhe, dwerwe, dwerowe, duorow, dwery, duery, dueri
    (according to the OED—Damn! The youghs look funny in the above)

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    richardelguru

    Oh! They only look funny in the preview, how weird is that?

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    Nathaniel Frein

    In fact, J.R.R. Tolkien specifically chose “dwarves” and “elves” to distinguish his creations from the “fairy folk” of mainstream (at the time) fantasy, and he reported having a devil of a time fighting with the typesetters who kept trying to “fix” it.

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