lil' or li'l?

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    phreakout13

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    is it spelled lil' or li'l?
     
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    scem0

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    lil'......

    duh. Who spells it li'l?

    :rolleyes: ;)

    scem0
     
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    phreakout13

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    me:eek:
     
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    can you say 'little'?
     
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    Doctor Q

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    Artists spell it Lil'.

    Examples:"
    Lil' BowWow
    Lil' Flip
    Lil' Kim
    Lil' Mo
    Lil' Romeo
    Lil' Troy
    Lil' Wayne
    Lil' Zane

    But The famous comic strip by Al Capp was Li'l Abner.
     
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    Never heard the li'l way, thats wierd. I usually say lil, when i wanna get my thought out faster. But normally, Little works for me just fine.
     
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    kettle

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    well...

    If it were li'l, it should really be li'le or li'l', but they look even more stupid.

    ...and as stupid goes, only making a thread about it, and wanting to reply to a thread about it would be more stupid.:p

    yes I know:)
     
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    Raid

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    Re: well...

    <bad pun>
    So would that be a case of Kettle calling the pot black? :D :D :D :D ;)
    </bad pun>
    Oh I find my self sooooo funny! :p
     
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    Doctor Q

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    Your li'l joke was good, Raid. I'm glad I raid it.
     
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    If I'm trying to write the word I'll, can I write it as Il'l??

    PS: English is stoopid.
     
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    It's a nonstandard contraction anyway, so fussing over its details is moot.

    However, for the sake of wasting time . . .
    Li'l would be most logical since apostrophes usually represent omitted letters and since two apostrophes in one word is, to the best of my short-term recollection, never right (thus counting out li'l').

    However, correct usage follows actual usage (despite what a lot of stuff-shirt language purists would have you believe), so if DQ (and I don't mean Dairy Queen) is correct, Lil' is proper even if it's illogical. English, after all, has never been governed by logic.
     

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