Why does spell sound like “|sbel|” while in dictionary it is “|spel|”?

I listened to the pronunciation of spell in Wiktionary, and it sounds to me that it’s pronounced as |sbel|—it sounds to me very clearly as a b sound. But in dictionaries, such as my Mac dictionary app, they say it’s pronounced |spel| with a p sound. Could anybody please give me some information about this … Read more

Is “swap” an accepted alternate spelling for “swab” in Australian English?

A client from Australia sent us some documents that pretty consistently use “alcohol swap” to describe disinfecting wipes. So no, this is not a “what do I use if I don’t have gin” type of situation; they’re clearly writing what I would spell as “alcohol swab“. None of the dictionaries I checked has “swab” as … Read more

When did spelling “-ic” words “-ick” start/stop being popular?

I’ve been reading Gulliver’s Travels(1726) and noticed almost all words that we commonly spell ending “-ic” are instead spelt “-ck” such as publick or politick. Researching online I can’t find any information about these spellings except that they are archaic or obsolete. These also don’t seem to be the original spellings as they do not … Read more

Why “admit” with T but “admissible” with SS? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Are there names for consonant-shifts when suffixes are added? (3 answers) Closed 9 months ago. I have noticed that when the suffix -ible is added to “admit“, it becomes “admissible” rather than “admittible”. There are few other examples: “omit” = “omissible” not “omittible”. “permit” = “permissible” “transmit” = “transmissible” … Read more

Should I write “repartee” with an accent?

Does repartee need an accent with it in writing? Also, what does it mean? Edit: Can you please provide an example sentence or two? I’d really appreciate it! Answer Repartee is “conversation marked by a series of witty retorts” (wiktionary). The word is spelled with no accents. It is apparently from the French repartie (with … Read more