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Originally posted by ANOK
Why should I change it to lower myself to the American bastardiSed version of MY language because there's more of you slobs than us?
Originally posted by masqua
reply to post by ANOK
If it's truly British and NOT English, then why isn't the language here Gaelic?
Originally posted by Essan
Actually, if it's British then it ought to all be in Welsh (P Celtic)
The word sceptic comes from the Greek word skepsis meaning "enquiry". In the context of ancient Greek philosophy it was used to describe someone who sought knowledge but failed to find it. Thus it describes someone engaged on an enterprise, the search for knowledge, rather than a body of doctrine, and begins in this rather limited sense as a practical concept.
As for skeptic (sceptic in British English), the Skeptics were also a group of Greek philosophers, their leader being Pyrrho of Elis. The word skeptic comes from Greek skeptikos "look about, consider, observe". It is descended from the base *skep-, which was related to *skop-, source of English scope, and *skep- may be a reversed version of *spek-, from which English gets spectator, speculate, etc. Greek skeptikos was applied to Pyrrho's school of philosophy, which stressed the importance of careful scrutiny of any proposition, using doubt, before accepting that proposition. The word entered English in the 16th century, via Latin scepticus and French sceptique, with a wider meaning of "initial doubt".
Originally posted by seagrass
the letter C is pretty useless, considering we have a S and a K. (Konsidering we have a S and a K)