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  • I came across Part 1 because I was trying to figure out which spelling of public(ly/ally) I should be using (after thirty years of never wondering about it previously), but your post sounded so hopeful and so lonely that I couldn’t help but try to give it some company. I like the idea of such a distinction!

    But frankly I would trade it and any other improvements you care to name for a set of second-person pronouns. I would kill for that.

  • I like the idea of a distinction between publicly and publically as you suggest – but wouldn’t it require first that we start using the word “publical” to refer to the loud behaviour? (e.g. “He was very publical about his feelings”, “We’re going publical with the announcement next week”)

  • I posted a tongue-in-cheek comment in response to Part 1, but I think Part 2 moves the whole conversation on (which is of course the obvious point of it) – I like the suggestion of distinct meanings for ‘ly’ and ‘ally’ endings, alongside the “publical” caveat from Patrick. But again, there will be calls for a rule or rules for such usage, and no doubt some/many/most people will get confused…