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On Tuesday 15 April 2003 03:44 pm, Colin Percival wrote:
> At 15:36 15/04/2003 -0400, Jeff Walters wrote:
> >I know people in the BSD world are picky about the spelling of "daemon",
> >but I
> >can't figure out why.  According to Merriam-Webster daemon is "variant of
> >demon."  The spelling doesn't matter to the meaning in common language,
> > and it's not a trademark, so it must be a type of cult to be picky about
> > it when people write "demon", or to intentionally avoid the more common
> > spelling for the sake of distinctiveness and tradition.
>
>    I think it's a case of American illiteracy.  My copy of the Oxford
> English Dictionary clearly lists:
>
> daemon n. (in ancient Greek belief) a divinity or supernatural being of a
> nature between gods and humans.
> an inner or attendant spirit or inspiring force.
>
> demon n. an evil spirit or devil.
>
> Colin Percival

Yeah, but you guys (assuming you're from Britain) spell it colour and not 
color.  What gives? :)

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