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Re: Spelling bug: publically versus publicly

Peter S Galbraith <GalbraithP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca> writes:

> I don't want to start a flame war, I just want a quick opinion.
> Two bug reports against libforms0.88 want me to correct the spelling of 
> "publically" for "publicly":

Merriam-Webster agrees that it's a variant.
http://www.bartleby.com/68/73/4873.html says it does occur, but rarely
in Edited English.  I couldn't find anything authoritative saying that it's a
deprecated usage, but there are a bunch of sites which assert that
it's an error.  FWIW, the OED shows it as being a synonym and having
been around since at least 1920.

Since there are enough sources saying that it is
valid english, and the bug was just a mass spelling check, I'd chalk
this up to an error in the dictionary used, and close the bug as

Otherwise, tag it as wontfix and fix it if there's ever a real reason
to upload the package.

Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org> - In a variety of flavors!
You have the capacity to learn from mistakes.  You'll learn a lot today.

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