Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 09:21:48 -0500 From: Molly Dickmeyer Subject: Re: Theatre/ -er -Reply We are forgetting the difference between nouns and proper nouns, especially trade names. Does anyone want to make a case for Webster's including `Toys' and `Us' with a backward `s' and `r' as an alternate spelling for `are'? The only common usage of the spelling of theatre that I see is in proper names. Molly dickmeyer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >>> Dale F.Coye 1/16/96, 05:04pm >>> Reading today's NY Times I noted that although the theatres themselves use the -re ending, the Times editorial policy seems to be to use -er in its copy. Dale Coye