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Compleat or complete?

Compleat or complete?


Postby CharlesT » Thu May 29, 2014 8:38 am

Without wishing to stir up controversy a recent report on here of a member reaching the magic 282 has re-ignited my curiosity on the term used to describe this.

Compleat is an archaic form of the current usage which is complete. Can anyone enlighten me as to why compleat seems to be used to denote completion of the Munros rather than the modern complete? Is this a harking back to a bygone age tinged with nostalgia or perhaps a feeling the archaic word is somehow more romantic?

What do members think?
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby Astronick » Thu May 29, 2014 8:51 am

From the SMC page on the Munros:

Incidentally, the archaic spelling compleation is often used here, as a nod both to Izaak Walton's book 'The Compleat Angler', and a compliment to another noteworthy sport - Munro-bagging.
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby jmarkb » Thu May 29, 2014 9:03 am

It's an old SMC tradition: I quite like it!
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby gman » Thu May 29, 2014 10:57 am

I don't like it :lol:. I always thought it was anachronistic as Munro wouldn't have used that spelling, and a wee bit pretentious. The SMC say they've adopted the old spelling as a nod to Walton, but are using it as a verb so it doesn't really make sense...unless they mean you haven't definitively completed if you haven't registered with them? So it's a recent tradition, possibly started by the SMC to keep them connected to the growing numbers of Munro baggers. Maybe I'll change my mind after I complete & start using ye olde English for emails :lol:
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby RyanfaeScotland » Thu May 29, 2014 12:52 pm

I always thought the majority of completest were as old they just didn't know there was a new term for it. :wink:
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby jmarkb » Thu May 29, 2014 12:59 pm

RyanfaeScotland wrote:I always thought the majority of completest were as old they just didn't know there was a new term for it. :wink:


Bah - cheeky youth :roll:
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Re: Compleat or complete?

Postby holtlynx » Fri May 30, 2014 3:10 pm

Well for what it's worth I quite like the archaism
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