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Do you remember being taught to spell it "dilemna"

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  1. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Aunt? Supporter Contributor

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    Anybody else ever have a "dilemna"?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Iain Aschendale, Jan 27, 2017.

    Not so much a word mechanics question as one of simple curiosity. I was raised in the '70s/'80s American midwest, went to a pretty good school, and was a very good speller (2nd place school spelling bee twice, lost to my best friend both times), and I swear I was taught that the word "dilemma" was spelled "dilemna".

    I now know this is incorrect, and that I'm not the only one. So, anybody else recall this? Anyone else have any theories on why it happened?
     
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  2. Shadowfax

    Shadowfax Contributor Contributor

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    I can't recall that particular one, but my son has a unique ability to misspell words so convincingly that it leaves you doubting the correct spelling. (Anyone like to think of a superpower name for this?)

    The school he was at issued a little booklet on HOW TO SPELL...with at least two spelling errors...
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    I know that's how I used to spell it. I think it was that Nelly and Kelly Rowland song that set me straight. :p

    One of the explanations on this site (http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/85377/dilemma-vs-dilemna) makes me most sense to me:

     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Contributor

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    That song taught me the word 'dilemma'. :D
     
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  5. Iain Sparrow

    Iain Sparrow Banned Contributor

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    I have never come across that spelling, dilemna.

    What's next... columna?:)

    My favorite time of the year is, Autumna.
     
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    I must have missed the dilemna zones in my disjointed, hither, thither and yon education. I can only assume hypercorrection to a perceived, but incorrect, Latin root. The origin of the word is Greek, not Latin. In the never-ending love/hate relationship the Brits have with the French, when they decided to decorate the Queen's English with the Gallic U (honour, favour, valour), more than a few words that were never of French origin, but which seemed to be, were also granted a U to "re-Frankify" them. The word neighbor, for instance, is a jolly Old English word that has pip to do with the French, and yet when you cross the pond they jam a U into it like an un-asked-for baguette. These things happen. :)
     
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  7. A man called Valance

    A man called Valance Senior Member

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    Yes.
     
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    I can't spell for shit... hereditary mental block (thanks dad)... that and I have no visual acuity for words... I literally cannot see them...
     
  9. Spencer1990

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    I don't know the validity of this, but I read, a few moon cycles ago, that this came about as a result of a long term circulated mistake in a dictionary.

    I'll see if I can find a source when I'm at my computer.

    Like I said, don't crucify me if this isn't true, maybe it was bogus, maybe I'm remembering incorrectly.
     
  10. ChaseTheSun

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    YES! Oh gosh, I thought it was just me! I could have sworn it was spelled with an 'n'... one day when occasional called for me to spell the word, a friend looked at me like I'd sprouted a second head and said, "there's no 'n'." And when I went to look in the dictionary .... whaddyaknow, no 'n.' So how did that happen? I still to this day have no idea why believed for the majority of my life that it was spelled 'dilemna'.
     
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    I nearly fell off my seat when I found out forty was spelled without a u.

    Four
    Fourteen
    Fourty

    Made sense to me. Native english speaker. Accountant. Wrong as wrong can be.

    :)
     
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    Reminds me of this:

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  13. Iain Aschendale

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    This is the first time I've ever heard this. My respect for French just dropped.
     
  14. pyroglyphian

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    I had a dilenema once. :bigconfused:
     
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  15. Toomanypens

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    You are from an alternate universe
    :p

    I think you are confusing the word with something closely related and then getting stuck on the bias you have to go with your gut
    Totally normal
     
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    ~Slow clap~

    Very good sir, very good.
     
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  17. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Aunt? Supporter Contributor

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    That’s quite a pickle you were in...

    ...or vice-versa...
     
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    I don't know who started making terrible enema puns, but I promise I will get to the bottom of it.
     
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