A friend recently pointed out to me that I spell “dilemma” as “dilemna” and informed me that this was incorrect. Of course I was indignant about the whole thing because as far as I know that’s how I’ve always spelled it. In fact, as far as I know, it’s the right way to spell it. I was beginning to think she was an “inconsinderate” jerk.
I googled it and found out that I’m not the only one to spell dilemna this way, but those of us who do are definitely a minority. The funny thing is that no one seems to know where this anomaly came from. Some have suggested that it’s from a similarity to words like “solemn” or maybe just an error in a spelling book that got taught to thousands of people.
My, my. Very odd. So: how do YOU spell it?