White, Bill <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <BBABF678CB1B30418A
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'Resurrection of antiquated terms', on Mon, 21 Jul 2003:
>P.T.Barnum, the showman, used to relieve congestion at his exhibition by
>speeding the exit of visitors. A sign bore the legend: "This way to the
>Egress". The punters would head of in the direction indicated by the
>arrow, thinking they were to see some further attraction, only to find
>that they had arrived outside.
IIRC, there was at one time a charge to 'see the Egress' - 'obviously'
some sort of female creature.
>I remember a sign that used to be on many station entrances/platforms
>reading: "All tickets to be shewn". Is this antiquated spelling now
Effectively, yes. I wrote a technical brochure for a client in the
1970s, who insisted on 'shewn'. But I expect that only very elderly
academics would use it now.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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