comments on the draft - 2

Mark Crispin MRC at CAC.Washington.EDU
Fri Jun 11 23:22:41 CEST 2004

On Fri, 11 Jun 2004, Addison Phillips [wM] wrote:
> Annoyingly (or perhaps pleasingly), it is spelled both ways in the 
> document. I should note that both are in common use.

I checked multiple dictionaries, and they all list "supersede" as the 
primary entry, with "supercede" as an acceptable variant.  The exception 
is OED, which claims that "supercede" is "now erroneous".

I don't know how that judgement of "erroneous" came about, and it seems to 
me to be a bit bogus.  Nevertheless, there seems to be concensus that 
"supersede" is the primary spelling.  A document should certainly not use 
both spellings.

-- Mark --
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