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PostPost by: John Larkin » Mon May 11, 2015 11:15 am

alan.barker wrote:TIRES TYRES, SUBWAY UNDERGROUND :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
maybe it's better to get back to the subject :roll:

I understand that "tire" is an older form of spelling than "tyre". The Victorians popularised (or popularized) "tyre" which has become the normal spelling in the UK and here in Ireland. I lived in London in the 1980s and was often surprised that words in common use in English as spoken in Ireland were not known or were differently used in English in the UK.

Language is labile and it adapts to changing needs, social and cultural trends, and common misuse --- for example: enormity/enormousness, remuneration/renumeration, appraise/apprise, etc.

What's really important is that we understand one another.

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PostPost by: billwill » Mon May 11, 2015 2:16 pm

The word Tire or Tyre comes from the metal ring that used to tie the wooden parts of a coach wheel together, so either spelling is probably correct. They used to spell in many different ways before the advent of printed books.
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