Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 17:47:54 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" 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. > > H Stephen STRAIGHT Wow! I was wondering if I was the only one. Yes, I do that, too. And not only that, I pronounce the institution with the stress on the first syllable and the place with the stress on the second syllable. I've done that as long as I can remember, and I've been involved in theatre since I was 8. Glad to know I'm not so strange. ;) ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;