Help with question about web page access

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Tue Aug 24 10:36:06 2004

Rumor has it that Jules Richardson may have mentioned these words:
>On Mon, 2004-08-23 at 22:46, Tony Duell wrote:
> > I've just checked the Shorter Oxford Dictionary (this is a 2-volume
> > English dictionary, mine is somewhat old). It doesn't contain Computor or
> > Weldor at all. A 'Welder' is one who welds, a Computer is a person who
> > calculates.
>I always thought it came about with the arrival of the comptometer - a
>computer being the person who operates the device. I've never come
>across computor before, but as Tony says maybe it was different on the
>other side of the pond...

Well, at, I typed in weldor and got:

One entry found for welder.
Main Entry: weld?er
Pronunciation: 'wel-d&r
Function: noun
: one that welds : as a or wel?dor : one whose work is welding b : a
machine used in welding


When I searched for "computor" it didn't actually register anything, but
gave me a list of possible alternates, which included:

cor?rupt?er also cor?rup?tor /-'r&p-t&r/ noun

[[ altho in the list, it was corruptor, not corrupter, that was listed ]]


But, alas, no Computor, from what I saw at that one website. I do know that
I've seen it in the distant past (i.e. high school, 20 years ago), but if
computers came in about the same time that the -or version of spelling was
on it's way out, I can see why it didn't gain "universal acceptance." ;-)

They want $30USD annually to use, so I didn't
check there... ;-)

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   | JC: "Like those people in Celeronville!"
sysadmin, Iceberg Computers | Me: "Don't you mean Silicon Valley???"          | JC: "Yea, that's the place!"
                             | JC == Jeremy Christian
Received on Tue Aug 24 2004 - 10:36:06 BST

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