Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

Poll prompted by reading Swift's Directions to the Footman

Swift's spelling of the word was not what I had expected; but what do you think?

The correct spelling is "ockster"; Swift is correct and nwhyte's instincts were wrong..
1(1.4%)
The correct spelling is "oxter"; Swift's spelling is archaic and nwhyte's instincts were correct.
30(42.3%)
Both "ockster" and "oxter" are acceptable spellings.
9(12.7%)
Neither "ockster" nor "oxter" is an acceptable spelling, and I will give what I believe to be the correct spelling in comments.
0(0.0%)
I have never encountered the word before and thus have no view on how it should be spelt.
31(43.7%)

Edited to add: Ken MacLeod agrees with me rather than with Jonathan Swift.
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