Today’s word prompted by Word Press is enroll which must have been chosen by an American as it appears to have been spelt incorrectly as it contains one too many l’s, namely two, which is unusual as the Americans normally have a tendency to remove letters rather than add them
This reminded me of the old saying “there are two l’s in rollocks” which can be the American way of spelling rowlocks, which as we all know is the U shaped piece of metal which keeps an oar in place when rowing.
However the rowlock is located in the gunwale, effectively the side of the boat, which strangely in American is spelt gunnel, now, I can see the point of spelling words as they sound, but I have to admit to being a tad old fashioned and prefer to use the original version, wherever possible.
At this point, one has to mention the Plimsoll line, another word with two l’s in it, which is the load line of a vessel. The line was invented by Samuel Plimsoll and as far as I can tell we all spell it the same, which is useful as I didn’t want this blog to sound like a load of rollocks.
Not wishing to remain with the nautical theme I shall move on to a different tack and mention Groucho Marx who allegedly having been black balled from enrolling into a golf club because he was Jewish, wrote them a letter saying, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” I think he made his point.
Personally I have never enrolled in a golf club, I find it hard to imagine how one can derive pleasure from hitting a little ball into a small hole dragging your golf bats behind you. Often attributed to Churchill was the comment that “golf was a way to spoil a good walk.” My wife, who was a keen horsewoman often commented that a golf links were a dreadful waste of pasture, but I have no idea of the original derivation of the phrase.
Well, I have to leave you now as I have enrolled in a local evening class which I’m hoping will assist me with future blogs, it is of course, a spelling class.