>>> Nicholas from his slumbers and wrote
>>>> On Fri, 22 Jul 2022 18:01:47 +0100
>>>> Tone <to...@email.com
>>>>> Noun: dependent
>>>>> 1. A person who relies on another person for support
>>>> Here is where I disagree with your dictionary it shouldn't be a
>>>> noun, but it's probably become one by common use.
>>> The OED has it as a noun, and it has been for nearly 500 years.
>>> Shakespeare used it that way more than 400 years ago (Loves Labours Lost
>>> - "The best ward of mine honour, is rewarding my dependants .")
>> Shakespeare isn't really a reliable source in the matter of spelling; he
>> did, after all, either not know how to spell his name or took his choice
>> from a selection of spellings, depending on how charitable you want to be.
> IANAH but ... I wonder, maybe they just didn't think it was as
> important as we've subesquently come to ?
> Maybe, the more Society-at-large comes to depend on it, the more
> things like dictionaries become important ? Thinks, literacy statistics
> around the time of Dr. Johnson ...
> Thinks, "Had we but tuits enough, and time" ...