"Educayshun” is a jocular spelling—using eye dialect—for the word “education.” “Counsel of Educayshun” was cited in Punch, or the London Charivari in 1843, but the spelling was very infrequently used for many of the following decades. The 2015 YouTube video Modern Educayshun popularized the little-used spelling.
Other humorous misspellings of “education” include “edjamacation,” “educamation,” “educashun,” and “edumacation.”
1843, Punch, or the London Charivari, pg. 104, col. 2:
But, Sur, these moddele is mcumplete for drawing a grate historical pictur and I have introduced sum more for that purpus wic-h I submit to Sir Robert Peel for the Counsel of Educayshun through your collums, wicli I am told he regarly reads,
24 June 1899, Iowa State Press (Iowa City, IA), “The Man Who Was Not Elected,” pg. 4, col. 1:
“You see, sir, I read in the paper about that speech of your’n sayin’ how the men of educayshun should take a hand in pollytics and I thought If you’s run on my ticket for dillyget to the ward convenshion...”
9 June 1900, Tampa (FL) Morning Tribune, “Wisdom from Spugnardi,” pg. 7, col. 1:
The county papur iz the greatest medium of educayshun extant.
25 April 1959, Lexington (KY) Herald, “Readers’ Letters To The Herald Editor,” pg. 4, cols. 4-5:
Last Sundy I went with the Missus to her church and in speaking of educayshun, the preecher menshuned the sad fack that all most one haff of U. K. students were on probayshun, and if they didn’t do better in their studies, they would soon be out of college!
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By Nicholas Holbrook
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You & Mum gave us many good things Dad,
A “triffic” educayshun’s what we’ve ‘ad, ...
Published on Nov 9, 2015
The follow up to #Equality, Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of our increasingly reactionary culture bred by social media and political correctness.
Written and Directed by Neel Kolhatkar
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