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Hmm, well -- 'to complete' is descended from Latin and Greek words meaning to fill or fill up, and 'to finish' is from a Latin root meaning to end. So they are different expressions of the same kind of idea. This diversity makes English more colourful and makes poetry and song lyrics easier to write ;-)
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For what it's worth.......
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Why not? It keeps the illiterate confused.

Also, the plural of moose is "moose". Meese was a corrupt attorney General of the USA during the Reagan regime -- who even lowly folks like me could have afforded to bribe.
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So......If the plural of Mouse is Mice,...

What is the plural of House??????

The English language is full of exceptions.
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Hice, of course. Posh lady talks about her social life and refers to 'Hice potties'....(House parties)

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"A mere cat". That made my day!
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A question then.

How did the former UK colonies come to misspell so many words?
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Bodycon wrote:
Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:57 pm
How did the former UK colonies come to misspell so many words?
In at least one case, a deliberate dumbing-down of the language.
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I’m not a linguist, but I believe that the USA preserved archaic words and their spelling, whereas the language continued to develop and evolve in the UK. Thus, it could be argued that American English is more pure than British English.

We’ll ignore “aluminum”….
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Ray wrote:
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:46 am
I’m not a linguist, but I believe that the USA preserved archaic words and their spelling, whereas the language continued to develop and evolve in the UK. Thus, it could be argued that American English is more pure than British English.

We’ll ignore “aluminum”….
I have always thought that US English is in some ways a simplified version of the language.

The correct spelling of color (US) is colour (English), favor (US) is favour (English), neighbor (US) is neighbour (English), and of course aluminum (US) is in fact actually aluminium (English).
Then, people who work with electronics in the US seem to use sodder, where everywhere else in the world, we use solder, and when I was youngger I used to talk to my mum, where my wife who is from the Philippines, where they use mainly US English, talks to her mom.

I know there's many more examples of spelling differences which exist, and I'm sure, for a variety of reasons.

Then there is Aussie slang...Most people from the US might be wondering if we do in fact speak English. I'll put that straight right now. We speak 'Strayan... (Aussies will get that).

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Funny, I thought Strine was the correct spelling. This is what a Brisbane colleague used when I was his associate in an earlier incarnation. One of his favourite expressions was' Y'gottahaveasinseo'yoomah'

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