But I’ve Always Spelled it that Way

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?

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4 Responses to But I’ve Always Spelled it that Way

  1. Daniel Morrison says:

    Woah, I didn’t even know you were allowed to spell it “dilemna”. I didn’t know anyone did that. It’s definitely “dilemma”. Lufs you anyways.

  2. Grandpa M says:

    d-i-l-e-m’-m-a Margaret M. Dougherty, Julia H. Fitzgerald, Donald O. Bolander, “Instant Spelling Dictionary”. (It seems that it does not write in italics) Chicago, Career Institute, 1960. Gpa M.

  3. Peter says:

    I go out of my way not to spell it which saves me this dile…uh oh.

  4. Stephanie says:

    inconsiderate jerk, huh? see if I try to edify you again…hahahaahaha…love you and always will, friend

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