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Re: Is it Killie or Killi or Killy or...
LeeH920226 at aol_com wrote:
> In a message dated 3/25/02 11:27:31 PM, azkillie at quixnet_net writes:
> << Can anyone add to this? >>
> I started spelling it killy when we created the Keystone Killy group in 1985.
> I later found it spelled that way by Al Klee in his article on the History of
> the AKA. It is definitely a minority spelling form but seems friendlier than
> killie and more complete than killi. I received a vote of confidence from our
> group when it was questioned.
In English usage, the form killi or killy would be pronounced OK. Killie has
a redundant "e" that is silent and serves no phonetic purpose. [Go review
the 11 rules of phonics.]
The correct word is killifish (not killiefish). The normal English
diminutive should probably be killy, just as Edward becomes Eddy.
One often sees Europeans talking about a specie, as if the singular wasn't
species (when referring to the specific appellation for a fish). That is not
good English, either. They still do it.
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