RE: v(.) versus vs
"Judy Philip" <>
Tue, 9 Jun 2009 19:16:50 +0930
Thank you Paul for such an excellent (albeit non-birding) post.
My 2 vol Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (third edition first published
1933; mine revised and issued in 1964) indicates that the first known usage
of Versus was in 1447, that it is from the Latin, and adds:
"Against; employed in Law to denote an action by one party against another.
Freq. abbrev. v. (also vs.)".
I do get just a bit grumpy when usages are pejoratively referred to as
All too many so-called 'Americanisms' are actually much earlier English
usages which have continued unchanged in the USA.
Yes, I have to admit that I too used to complain about so-called
'Americanisms' until I became interested in Genealogy and found that so very
many 'Americanisms' were of much longer standing than current (changed) UK
usages. ;- )
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