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2007/8/8, John Vertical <[log in to unmask]>:
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> On the word itself tho, I could see some distinction between "lossed"
> and "lost" - the former feels more like a causativ of some sort. OTOH,
> since "lost" is one of the few exceptions to the rule of <o> being /o/
> before /st/, there would also be some sense in adopting this as a respelling.
> After this discussion, I might even be obliged to. :)
>
> John Vertical
>

This is interesting; I'd never thought about that before. So on the
one hand we have lost, cost, dost (archaic of course), and on the
other we have most, post, host. What else is there? Because by the
examples I can think of it isn't much of a rule-vs-exception thing
here.

Eugene