> Thank you for asking, Audrey, and thank you for a very interesting reply, > John Conway. > > Mary Krimmel
You're very welcome. I noticed an error in that reply, namely that the second "England in the following should of course be "the USA".
> > Someone then pointed out what had happened, and the usage in England > >was successfully re-reversed, with the effect that by about 1900 the > >terms were used in Proclus's original senses in England, but still with > >the reversed senses in England, where the "re-reversal" didn't manage > >to stick. Some large American dictionaries still tell you that the > >two terms are used in opposite senses in the two countries.