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#1 Manalto

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 16:00

I always thought that Matt was what Matthew's friends and family called him and matte was a deliberately non-reflective surface, but now I see both used to refer to the finish of pens. Is one incorrect and one correct? Are the spellings interchangeable? Or is this yet another symptom of our civilization circling the drain?

 

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Edited by Manalto, 30 March 2015 - 16:01.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 16:16

You are correct in your definitions. If the spellings have changed it is news to me, but I'm over 50. AFAIK, the spellings are NOT interchangeable, but perhaps it is part of the new modern "American" English that seems to be fine with all sorts of grammar/spelling errors. I blame spellcheck and too much time texting.

 

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 23:30

I agree - Matt is a name, matte is a finish, and mat is any of various flat objects, generally for protecting something.

 

edit: Sorry - I didn't notice the age of the thread.


Edited by cmwrenn3, 16 July 2015 - 23:31.


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 23:55

edit: Sorry - I didn't notice the age of the thread.

 

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 20:54

so where's the photo to go with this thread?



#6 Manalto

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 22:45

so?


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:35

the photo...



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 09:33

mattdamon300.jpg

 

He's not terribly reflective in this one.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 12:20

maybe his complexion's been powdered



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 19:07

mattdamon300.jpg

 

He's not terribly reflective in this one.

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But the picture needs to be matted....

Sorry -- I don't know why this followup made me laugh quite as much as it did...

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