(urth) Eyes of Thecla

Rex Racer rex.racerx at gmail.com
Sat May 6 06:02:13 PDT 2006

I have common usage, and a couple of dictionaries at hand here that have
forebearance listed as a variant of forbearance and make no reference to it
having to do with parentage. I have seen it with an e and without, and have
used it with an e or with out. I think too much is being read into the use
of a variant spelling. It isn't something from the the personal
correspondence of yesteryear, either, as I am not yet 40 and used it in a
business context. :-)

On 5/5/06, mournings glory <mourningsglory at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >From: "Rex Racer" <rex.racerx at gmail.com>
> >
> >Actually, forebearance with an e is an acceptable variant of forbearance,
> >so
> >it is not even a typo or editorial error. I actually would use it a lot
> in
> >a
> >former life writing letters that required such serious precise verbiage
> But you will allow that forebearance can also mean pertaining to one's
> forebears, right? And while you may be correct about the usage of
> forebearance for forbearance in the personal correspondence of yesteryear,
> you will not find the variant spelling listed anywhere at all in Wolfe's
> beloved dictionary of choice, the O.E.D. -- which seems curious to me
> since
> it generally lists all known variants, even when obsolete or rare.
> Forbearance, on the other hand, appears 27 times and as early as 1593, in
> Shakespeare's Henry VI. Might you therefor (a pertinent OED variant, no?)
> have an alternate reputable source for your claim?
> M
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