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#1 2008-11-05 06:42:03

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 900

"the common wheel" for "the common weal"

It would be a pity if we lost ‘weal’ completely but even its precarious attachment to ‘common’ seems under threat:

9 Oct 2008 … We all contribute to society in different ways and are all part of the common wheel,” said Raskin. “We can have a more egalitarian society … – 23k – Cached

8 Oct 2008 … our unruly democracy to deliver up just rules on issues pertaining to the common wheel–you know, health care, gas taxes, such and such. ... php – 70k – Cached

A preference for ‘wheel’ is entirely understandable, and the imagery is greatly enhanced, I think, by the obvious idiom-blend…

After all, in an emergency situation all put their shoulders to the common wheel. His right to intercede against all other magistrates, together with the …

We are committed to putting our collective shoulder to the common wheel for the invigoration of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the … … 8-04-02-E. htm?Language=E&Parl=36&Ses=1 – 112k – Cached

Only as we understand these things and put our shoulders to the common wheel is humankind going to achieve that future that we know it must achieve if it is … – 63k – Cached



#2 2008-11-05 08:13:39

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1947

Re: "the common wheel" for "the common weal"

No more wheel—all whoa!

(I miss it, too. The lovely proportion steal:stealth, heal:health, weal:wealth will no longer work so well. Oh whell.)

(fwiw I still pronounce wh and w differently, and have all my life. But the last word in the previous parenthesee is a nice contraction even for those who just spell it.)

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#3 2008-11-05 10:27:38

From: Colorado
Registered: 2007-09-05
Posts: 285

Re: "the common wheel" for "the common weal"

A local artist co-op here is called Commonwheel (it features a lot of pottery)...

Last edited by JonW719 (2008-11-05 10:30:13)

Feeling quite combobulated.



#4 2008-11-06 00:13:36

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2358

Re: "the common wheel" for "the common weal"

First class. And surprisingly popular.

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