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asha83
Asha83  (Level: 6.0 - Posts: 24)
Fri, 23rd Dec '05 3:58 PM

MISTAKE ON WORDPUZZLE

Hey, did anyone notice that on the Commonly Misspelled Words puzzle that "judgement" was misspelled as "judgment". Now, some dictionary's have omitted the "e" but if you ask any English teacher, they will tell you the tradtional and proper spelling of the word is "judgement". The following rule I got from yourdictionary.com, and it makes complete sense: "judgement" is governed by one of the rare rules of English orthography. After (c) and (g), (e) is retained to indicate the letter is "soft", i.e. prounced like (s) or (j), respectively. Omitting it indicates it is "hard", i.e. prounced (k) or (g), as in "fragment", or "pigment". If we write "management", or "aknowledgement" or "abridgement", then we have to write, "judgement". So therefore, I think this was a poor word to use considering technically both ways of spelling the word are correct, although "judgement" is the traditional American spelling.

margiematt
Margiematt  (Level: 194.6 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 23rd Dec '05 4:39 PM

Asha you really should not give an answer to a
WordPuzzle while it is still active.

asha83
Asha83  (Level: 6.0 - Posts: 24)
Fri, 23rd Dec '05 4:50 PM

Oops, Im sorry, I forgot it was still active.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 26th Dec '05 4:43 PM

The correct spelling is "dictionaries"..not "dictionary's" (which is a possessive noun)

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 26th Dec '05 4:45 PM

Add to that the correct spelling of "acknowledgement" (not "aknowledgement")

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 26th Dec '05 7:15 PM

Actually, "judgment" is the American version and "judgement" is the British version. The "e" was dropped off by Noah Webster when he was putting his version of the dictionary together. I didn't realize when creating the puzzle that "judgement" was a British variant that was acceptable. I was always taught that the correct spelling was "judgment". Sorry for the confusion to our British Sploofusers (as well as any other non-Americans who use "judgement").

As to the preferred spelling for Americans, "judgment" is the preferred spelling. In a dictionary, the preferred spelling is listed first, with any variants following. If you check m-w.com (Merriam-Webster) or dictionary.com, they list "judgment" as the preferred spelling. My Random House Dictionary at home also lists judgment first. It is also interesting that yourdictionary.com promotes the spelling of "judgement" as opposed to "judgment", but if you search their dictionary, "judgment" is listed first. A google search also lists 71 million+ hits for "judgment" as opposed to 24 million+ for "judgement".

Of course, askoxford.com lists "judgement" as the preferred spelling so it depends on what nationality your dictionary is - lol! As I have said in previous posts, I learn just as much (usually more) from researching and writing word puzzles and quizzes as I do from completing/taking them.

Sploofus Maximus


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