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South East Grid for Learning (SEGfL) Thread, Skeptics in the Pub - Portsmouth in Regional Broadband Consortiums (RBC); Originally Posted by CESIL I am naturally sceptical about any group that uses an American spelling...suggest the involvement of foreign ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    I am naturally sceptical about any group that uses an American spelling...suggest the involvement of foreign government agencies perhaps?
    Causes much debate in the UK communities but I go with the 'k' as I think it is more commonly used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    I might even try to go. Gathering evidence for the existence of a "Sceptics Group" of course!
    There is a Winchester SitP too

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    From the OED:
    Pronunciation: /ˈskɛptɪk/
    Etymology: < French sceptique adj. and n., or its source late Latin scepticus (Scepticī n. plural, the Sceptics), lit. inquiring, reflective, assumed by the disciples of Pyrrho as their distinctive epithet; < σκεπ- in σκέπτεσθαι to look out, consider, ablaut-var. of σκοπ- in σκοπεῖν to look, σκοπός watchman, mark to aim at, etc.: see scope n.2 Compare Spanish escéptico, Portuguese sceptico, Italian scettico, German skeptiker n., skeptisch adj.
    In French the sc is pronounced /s/ as in sceptre. In English direct recourse to Greek produced the pronunciation with /sk/ . The spelling with sk-, for which compare skeleton n., occurs in the earliest instance, and has been used occas. by later writers. It is adopted without comment or alternative in Johnson's Dictionary, but did not become general in England; in the U.S. it is the ordinary form. Now usually spelt sceptic in the U.K. and British Commonwealth and skeptic in the U.S. Similarly all the derivatives, scepticism/skepticism, etc.
    BTW Is anyone interested in joining my new group... Pedants in the Public House

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    Ohh... Is there now?

    Do they meet in pubs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
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    BTW Is anyone interested in joining my new group... Pedants in the Public House
    Well I'm in I mean that it's more commonly used by us skeptics - like 'Skeptics in the Pub' and 'Drinking Skeptically' which is international.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Ohh... Is there now?

    Do they meet in pubs?
    hehe...

    Winchester Skeptics in the Pub

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    Just a BUMP - this is happening tonight Come and get involved!

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    Was a success! Next SitP in Portsmouth will be 10th March.

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