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Thursday, 06 October 2016

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Annoying pedantic observation: "… as a font of information" should be fount, I believe? Or is that an Americanism that I missed?

["Font" is more proper according to older dictionaries but both are correct. I can be a font of knowledge on that, but this will serve:

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/95864/font-fount-of-information

Interesting pedantic point, though. I actually paused when writing that word and considered it. --Mike]

Regarding font/fount, we are talking about the English language so it is worth seeing what two major English dictionaries suggest. The Cambridge only recognises fount, the Oxford says that fount is more correct but points out that usage of font is increasing.

I have seen the suggestion that "font of knowledge" is a mondegreen: which is a phrase rendered by misinterpreting the proper terms as in the well known Hendrix lyric "Excuse me while I kiss this guy".

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