Friday, July 21, 2006

Cavalier manners


A good way to remember which way is the right way to spell the military units where soldiers rode horses:

-- The CAVALIERS were early military units in Virginia. Therefore, they belonged to a Cavalry unit.

-- CALVARY is the hill where Jesus was crucified.

Please, if you plan to publish anything about such a unit, spell it CAVALRY.

The mistaken use of one word in place of another gets past "spell check" doesn't it? Since computers don't know everything YET, we must take care not to spell in a cavalier manner.


-- A gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman.
-- A mounted soldier; a knight.
-- Cavalier A supporter of Charles I of England in his struggles against Parliament. Also called Royalist.

-- Showing arrogant or offhand disregard; dismissive: a cavalier attitude toward the suffering of others.
-- Carefree and nonchalant; jaunty.
-- Cavalier Of or relating to a group of 17th-century English poets associated with the court of Charles I.

[French, horseman, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Late Latin caballrius, from Latin caballus, horse.]

cava·lierly adv.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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