Why do some people spell lens as lense?

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  1. glenmus

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    As the title.

    Genuinely intrigued.
     
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    Probably because the plural is lenses or because lense is kind of the way it sounds iyswim. So long as we know what it means, it doesn't matter.
     
  3. mjcairney

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    The one that intrigues me is why people say e.g.

    I should of said .......

    rather than

    I should have said .......

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    US spelling rather than English spelling.
     
  5. beachy

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    i guess the simple answer is maybe some people just can't spell :rotfl:
     
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    who learned you to spoke :D
     
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    I think that in text messages/ Forum postings/ emails/ instant messanging, there is a genuine relaxation of correct syntax and spelling as long as the meaning can be deciphered :D .

    It can be sheer laziness or inability to spell but mostly isnt.:rolleyes:

    The other thing is the fact that the internet has no boundaries and some posts come from abroad where the phonetic spelling is perfectly acceptable
     
  8. glenmus

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    I wondered whether there was another reason e.g. photography had taken off in Germany in a big way before the English speaking countries?
     
  9. glenmus

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    My take on that - it's due to "have" being abrieviated into " 've"
     
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    That reminds me of something ;) :D
     
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    That's because grammar isn't taught in schools, otherwise they would have known that "of" isn't a verb.:lesson:
     
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    :rotfl: Subject close to my heart cos I use one or the other or both together and still dont get it right :suicide:
     
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    they are both completely legitimate spellings, i use both, depending on whether i feel like an extra E!


    unlike foxe and fox and foxes:nono:
     
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    It's a bit like program and programme, I always think of the 2nd spelling as being "a bit French" :D As I work with opticians most of my time I always spell lens without the e.
     
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    "Lense" is not a legitimate spelling of the word lens, which is derived from the Latin: lens, lentis. The plural of lens is lenses.

    The German for lens is linse. Perhaps they become confused with their Germanic origins. :rotfl:
     
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    can we close this thread and please get back to photography now guys, i'm beginning to feel like i've swallowed a dictionary :eek:

    many thanx :D :D :D
     
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    i read somewhere that it was (possibly in some photographic magazine) mainly due to usage its become legitimised in both spellings, however collins only features the true "lens" spelling.


    anyway does it really matter, this is an internet forum, we can spell things how we like, its just the spelling nazis that will pick up mis-spelling when they want in on a conversation that they dont actually have anything constructive to say
     
  18. mjcairney

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    Maybe we should keep it open for a long time and hope that others do the same as you. :D :D :D

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     

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