WRITER’S NOTE­BOOK

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

THAT TOWN SPELLING

I found a clip­ping in my four-drawer over­stuffed file the other day of a story I wrote some 67 years ago on the front page of the RO about how the spelling of Cen­tre­ville causes com­pli­ca­tions. It seems that it started out many, many years ago as Cen­tre-Ville. Emory’s history of the county I found in the li­brary uses the “re” spelling in all ref­er­ences he has of the town. The Post Of­fice used “Cen­ter ville” spelling for many years, but no one seems to know when it was changed to “Cen­tre­ville.” There was a news­pa­per pub­lished in town in 1865 us­ing the “re” spelling in its name that was the Cen­tre­ville Cit­i­zen. Even the Mary­land Man­ual, which is com­piled ever y few years by the state de­part­ment, has used both spellings. In the 1902 edi­tion it was “er,” but later edi­tions use the more com­mon “re” spelling. I ended the story say­ing that lawyers say both spellings are cor­rect. But it is con­fus­ing to say the least.

A SHORTER COL­UMN

You might find this week’s visit a tad shorter than usual.

The editor called to ask that I write the col­umn by Fri­day, be­cause of an early Thanks­giv­ing day print­ing dead­line.

So, if some­thing happened over the past week­end, I missed it for the col­umn as this is be­ing writ­ten on Fri­day.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing if you get the pa­per early this week!

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