Miscellaneous Entries. thence; whence; hence. “Thence” = from that place or source; for that reason. “Whence” = from there. “Hence” = (1) for this reason; therefore; (2) from this source; (3) from this time; from now; or (4) from this place; away. They’re literary archaisms — except for “hence” in sense 1. thenceforth; *thenceforward. The latter is a needless variant. theorem. So spelled — not *”theorum.” theoretical; *theoretic. The better, more usual form of the adjective is “theoretical,” not *”theoretic.” therapist; *therapeutist. The standard term is “therapist.” *”Therapeutist,” sometimes used in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, is now obsolete. *Invariably inferior form. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “We find queer statements in our school grammars because their authors know little about the English language.” George Curme (as quoted in James Sledd, “Grammar or Gramarye?” in A Linguistics Reader 125, 134 (Graham Wilson ed., 1967)).
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