On Mar 9, 2007, at 6:37 AM, Rick DeNatale wrote:

> On the other hand.  I once was talking to the late John Cocke.  John
> was one of the oldest language gurus at IBM, and was best known for
> his work on optimizing compilers, and later for fostering RISC
> architectures which relied on such compilation technology.
>
> John told me that when he wrote his first FORTRAN compiler, he had it
> accept something like 7 different spellings of the keyword CONTINUE,
> because "I'll be damned if I'll let any compiler I write tell me I
> can't spell."

Interesting, but if you type CONTINUE or elsif that many times and  
get error messages, you're going to learn to spell it.