Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 17:44:51 -0500 From: "H Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University, SUNY)" Subject: Re: -re I'm curious to know whether I'm the only person in the world who distinguishes the -er and -re spellings of theat-er/-re by using the former to refer to the place (They're painting the marquee on the theater.) and the latter to refer to the institution (They're creating new ideas for the American theatre.). On this usage, the theatre department/*theater department versus the theater manager/*theatre manager. Best. 'Bye. Steve H Stephen STRAIGHT Langs Across the Curric, Binghamton University (SUNY) NFLC Mellon Fellow, Jan-June 1996 VOX: 202-667-8100; FAX: 667-6907 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW -- Fourth Floor Washington, DC 20036 ["sstraigh", not "sstraight"!]