Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 22:13:00 EST From: "James_C.Stalker" Subject: Re: Sluff/Slough I have just been catching up on my ADS list, and a the risk of revisiting a stale and out-of-date subject, I might mention that the ~ variation is an interesting one in AM Eng. I know many of the respondents on the ADS list, and I know that they have been (and may still be) intimately acquainted with a particular kind of beer--namely beer, which in its more upscale (and in its past) incarnations was beer. That spelling is long gone in the US. However, is still and is still . The as a spelling for is quite common in the US. I checked my venerable Webster's 10th to see what they had to say, and they list as "chiefly Brit var of DRAFT." Now the interesting part is that the around these parts is the , not the . As my students say, "go figure!"