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silveryaspen
05-15-2009, 07:12 PM
The quote when solved read:
"Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy. "
Unattributed
However, in the dictionary the correct spelling of the last word is propheCy.
Is this a mispelled word in the quote ... or is is merely 'literary license'?

bansaisequoia
05-15-2009, 07:51 PM
They're both correct spellings. However, it is correct to use "prophecy" as a noun and to use "prophesy" as a verb. Thus, given the context of the quote, "prophesy" is a misspelling.

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silveryaspen
05-15-2009, 10:27 PM
Thanks banksequoia ... should have looked up both spellings ... and given it more thought ... but just took it for the noun ... and didn't think about it as a verb. Sometimes it's like my brain refused to go on thinking when it needs should ... and sometimes it just won't stop when it should!

silveryaspen
05-15-2009, 10:29 PM
PS - enjoyed your cartoon and smiled ... for always I'm in malfunction junction!