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Simpler Spellings

Selected Variant Spellings in The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition* Spellings separated by 'or' are forms that appear with virtually equal frequency in edited sources. Spellings following 'also' are forms that occur less frequently. The simpler of the two is underlined.

aesthetic or esthetic fulfill also fulfil
analogue also analog fulfillment also fulfilment
auntie also aunty gizmo also gismo
ax or axe glamour also glamor
bandanna or bandana guild also gild
banister also bannister hankie also hanky
banshee also banshie hearken also harken
bark also barque instill also instil
brier also briar junkie also junky
brusque also brusk mackintosh also macintosh
busing or bussing masque also mask
cadastre also cadaster monologue also monolog
carrel also carrell mousy also mousey
caviar also caviare omelet also omelette
conferee also conferree pinkie also pinky
cornetist also cornettist preterit or preterite
curlicue also curlycue programmed or programed
Decalogue or Decalog programming or programing
demonic also daemonic shorty also shortie
dialogue or dialog skeptic also sceptic
ditsy also ditzy smoothie also smoothy
doughnut also donut theater or theatre
eerie or eery travelogue also travelog
envoy also envoi twerp also twirp
epilogue also epilog unblessed also unblest
flak also flack whiskey also whisky
flier also flyer whiz also whizz
floozy also floozie worshiped or worshipped
flunky also flunkey worshiping or worshipping

* The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1996, 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. No part of this database may be reproduced or otherwise used without prior written permission from the publisher unless such use is expressly permitted by applicable law. No investigation has been made of common-law trademark rights in any word. Words that are known to have current trademark registrations are shown with an initial capital and are also identified as trademarks. The inclusion or exclusion of any work, or its capitalization, in this dictionary is not, however, an expression of the publisher's opinion as to whether or not it is subject to proprietary rights, nor is it to be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark. American Heritage is a registered trademark of Forbes Inc. Its use is pursuant to a license agreement with Forbes Inc.

 


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