For example, land transactions) may simply be an oral agreement. One more thing about subtle spelling: like many words that have been in the language for centuries, this one took many forms before adapting to its current spelling. Many of these forms did not contain the “b” at all – and it is believed that the “b” was probably never pronounced in English. The spellings “b” used were an allusion to the Latin subtilis. And much to the chagrin of those who are today for phonetic spellings, one of them has imposed itself. With subtlety, subtly. With intelligence instead of raw violence. When subtly used for the first time in Central English, its importance was very much in the same vein. It meant “insightful, refined” and used to describe people known for their clear thinking – like philosophers – and things like analysis or argumentation that demonstrated such thinking. A contract is concluded as soon as a meeting of the chiefs concerning the main contractual conditions has taken place and has been agreed by both parties. . . .