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The dilemna dilemma

Discussion in 'General' started by Selias, May 14, 2017.

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How do you usually spell it?

  1. Dilemma

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  2. Dilemna

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  1. Selias

    Selias Well worn.

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    So, "dilemma" is apparently spelled with two ms, rather than an m and an n. This is a bit of a surprise, because I definitely remember being taught that it was spelled "dilemna," when I was in school. This isn't something that's restricted to just me, either. From what I can find on Google, people all over the world have this problem. I mean, some French people apparently spell "dilemme," the French word for "dilemma," as "dilemne," from what I read. No joke. Dilemna isn't even an alternate spelling of dilemma, so nobody really knows where it came from.

    Anyone else get taught to spell it the wrong way?
     
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  2. Splodge

    Splodge Not too sore, are you?

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    This is the first I've heard of it. Most of my issues come from mispronouncing words I've only ever read.
     
  3. Generic_Generica

    Generic_Generica Verified kōhai Moderator

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  4. Selias

    Selias Well worn.

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    That's the site. I found that when I was googling it, but then I couldn't find it again.
    Yeah, I've got that issue, too. Thankfully, you can usually look up a video showing your how it's pronounced.
     
  5. january1may

    january1may Versed in the lewd.

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    For what it's worth, I can't recall ever spelling this particular word anything but "dilemma", but I have several other words that my mind is stuck on the wrong spelling for (relevation, recurrest, substract, geniune, diactritic, IIRC a few more - the generally accepted correct spellings are "revelation", "resurrect", "subtract", "genuine', and "diacritic", respectively).

    I recall that the first time I consciously noticed "resurrect" (circa 2010) I thought it was a weird misspelling, actually.
    That said, while the first four words on the list do make sense (contamination by "relevant", "recurrent", "substrate", and "genius", respectively), I can't think of any remotely plausible explanation for the extra letter in "diactritic".
     
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  6. magic9mushroom

    magic9mushroom BEST END.

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    Never had that problem. Then again, etymology is something of a hobby of mine and I have an eidetic memory, so spelling is atypically easy for me (I usually turn off spell-checkers, because false positives due to technical terms are far more frequent than actual mistakes).

    I do get muscle-memory typos quite often, but they're always spotted instantly.