John Vertical wrote: >> On 8/6/07, Elliott Lash <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >>> Then this was frequently lossed completely, >> Now that's a cute misspelling! And not even so unjustified (i.e. I can >> see how it could have been derived by analogy, for example). >> >> Worthy, perhaps, of a John Vertical :) >> >> Cheers, >> -- >> Philip Newton > > ...Should I parse that as "a johnvertical-smiley", or what? The "worthy of" > would seem to discourage an analysis as a simple synonym for "cute > misspelling"... As "a person like John Vertical (in some unspecified way)". The unspecified way, of course, is your habit of spelling with a non- standard orthography. Hence, it means: Now that's a cute and not unjustified misspelling, which might be good enough to be used by someone who, like John Vertical, uses a basis other than the standard to determine their spelling scheme. It is a fairly normal expression in English. -- Tristan.