From the OED:
BTW Is anyone interested in joining my new group... Pedants in the Public HousePronunciation: /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 escÚptico, 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.
Ohh... Is there now?
Do they meet in pubs?
mark (19th January 2011)
Just a BUMP - this is happening tonight Come and get involved!
Was a success! Next SitP in Portsmouth will be 10th March.
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)