"Educashun” is a jocular spelling—using eye dialect—for the word “education.” “Educashun” has been cited in print since at least 1848. The humorist “Josh Billings” (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818-1885) frequently used “educashun” in his writings in the 1860s.
Other humorous misspellings of “education” include “edjamacation,” “educamation,” “educayshun” and “edumacation.”
(chiefly humorous) Eye dialect spelling of education.
July-December 1848, Punch, or the London Charivari, pg. 250, col. 2:
The objects of the paper are said to be “educashun,” not only moral and intellectual, but “ fizical;” and “fizical” it would indeed become under the new system, by keeping the mind ever on the fiz, or in a state of effervescence, to comprehend the meaning of the mis-spelt lessons placed under the bewildered eyes ofthe pupil.
3 January 1856, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), pg. 4:
“It is necessary that femails shud reseeve a thurry litterrary educashun?”
7 February 1866, Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, OH), “Sayings of Josh Billings,” pg. 4, col. 1:
The best educashun a man receives in this life, he gits just before he dize and it mostly consists in forgetting what he haz learnt before.
30 June 1869, Washington (PA) Reporter, “Josh Billings Papers,” pg. 6, col. 1:
Book educashun iz a phatting thing, it makes a man stick out with other folks opinyuns, and is a good thing to make the vulgar roll up the whites of their eyes, and wonder how enny man could kno so mutch wisdum.
11 November 1953, Springfield (MA) Union, pg. 8, col. 3:
A school teacher we know has saved with the items she will cherish forever a theme that was handed to her recently. The heading was: “Educashun Weak.”
OCLC WorldCat record
Educashun! Edyakashin! Education!
Author: North West Writers’ Group.; Anniesland College (Glasgow, Scotland)
Publisher: Glasgow : Anniesland College, 2007.
Edition/Format: Book : Mixed form : Biography : English
Happy Birth Day to the Department of Educashun
Submitted by TimB on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 00:59
I don’t no why Ron Paul is against the department of educashun because it is a good thing. I speak from expeareance having spent grades 1 thru 8 in a publick school, I learnt alot of good stuff about FDR and how he saved Amerika and stuff. All-so the robber barons made infants work in the coal mines, oh yeah world war one made the world safe for doemocracy and also for the 57 states.
Okay, for real, the DOE started on this day in history, May 16, 1980.
Public school education has NOT gotten better, since that dark day in history.
Well, This looks familiar. That’s the common mistake for dialects. they spell it out differently.