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Ax or ask?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:44 pm

Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the Coverdale Bible all used "ax" or "axe" for "ask." We think using "ax" is low culture, but ck out this article from the Smithsonian:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-new ... 180949663/
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Re: Ax or ask?

Postby Slava » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:40 pm

You beat me to it. I had come across the NPR piece and meant to post it a while ago. Here it is:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/201 ... e-still-do

While I understand the reasoning, I must admit I can't readily accept the hatchet job on the regular pronunciation. I'm not an ask murderer.
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