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6 Comments

  • Stan:

    Doubling is troubling to take in if you’re foreign.
    It’s often confusing; thank goodness we aren’!

  • Alon: Robert Burchfield (in his new Fowler’s) notes that the double-s forms “are used by many printers and publishers”, but as your graph shows, there’s a definite trend towards single-s..

  • It’s worth a mention that the spelling of doubled consonants is very different in British English and American English, with British English often doubling where American English does not (e.g. traveler/traveller).