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Fun for Friday: Etymology and Spelling

Dictionary page for dictionaryEver wondered why English has such unusual spellings when it comes to some words? Some of it can be blamed on etymology, and others can be blamed on false etymology.

This article talks about the origins of the English language dictionary and how etymology and false etymology impacted spelling. It’s a fascinating read, and lots of fun if you enjoy word origins!


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