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[69] French and German spelling are undergoing changes all the time? Nay, we could not keep it thus if we would, since the very London printers who are most exasperated against the omission of the u from valor would be still more displeased if they had to spell the mother-tongue as all good London printers were obliged to spell it a hundred years ago. Then they would have spelled “pie” pye and “lie” lye, and, on the other hand, they would have given “rhyme” as rime; they would have used the words stoick, classic, topick, comick, critick, publick, all with the final k. Dr. Johnson, in writing his celebrated story Rasselas, gave the name of Imlac to one of his characters purposely, that by ending it with a c he could make it as unlike as possible to an English word, which should always, he says, “have the Saxon k added to the c.” Boswell, the biographer of Johnson, tells this, and adds, in a note, “I hope the authority of the great master of our language will stop that curtailing innovation by which we see ‘critic,’ ‘public,’ etc., frequently written instead of critick, publick, etc.” This was about a hundred years ago, and now the curtailing innovation has not left one vestige of the precious “Saxon k” behind it, and you may vainly search

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