Why is “fridge” spelt with a ‘d’ but “refrigeration” spelt without one?

The question is in the title, why does the word, refrigeration not have a ‘d’ in it when fridge does? Answer Most sources suggest that the term was an alteration of frig, probably because of the influence of the famous brand ‘Frigidaire‘ whose sound matches with the second syllable of ‘refrigerator’ Fridge: also frig: Colloq. … Read more

Adjectival form of “collide”—”collideable” or “collidable”?

I need to name an interface in a program I’m writing as being able to collide, but I’ve seen use of both collideable and collidable in projects with a similar type. Both of them look right in some ways, and wrong in others. Which spelling is more correct? Answer Short answer: There’s no clear choice; … Read more

Is there any significance in little curls joining the st and ct in old books?

I’ve been reading a facsimile edition of Defoe’s Captain Singleton and have noticed a little quirk of the text; where an st or a ct appear, they are joined with a little curl over the top, but nt, rt and pt aren’t. This appears to be the case wherever these combinations appear in a word. … Read more

“Pricey” vs. “Pricy”

I’ve recently encountered these two variations of the spellings for the informal word for “expensive.” My dictionary and the online dictionary seem to indicate that both of these spellings are correct, but I have yet to discover why there are two variations of this word. Are both of these spellings correct? Is this simply another … Read more

Is the proper spelling “judgment” or “judgement”?

I always thought the proper spelling was  judgment, but I see  judgement all the time, even in articles, news, etc. Merriam-Webster lists  judgement as a variant spelling for judgment. But is the proper spelling  judgment? I feel like I’m in the minority on this. Answer I looked in the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), … Read more

“License” and “licence”

What is the difference between license and licence? Are both variations accepted in US and UK? Answer In British English license is the verb and licence is the noun. American English uses license for both noun and verb. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : DouglasJose , Answer Author : Community

“Home page” or “homepage”?

Is there a convention for the spelling of the name of the main page of a website? Should it be home page, with a space between the two words; or homepage, all one word? Answer “Home page” was used first, but “homepage” followed soon after, is also acceptable and I prefer. Homepage was used to … Read more

How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”?

Frequently when I refer to or address a family, I do so by pluralizing their last name, e.g., The Smiths, or The Ramones. But suppose I want to address a family whose last name ends in a “y”, e.g., Kennedy. Normally in English, I reflexively change the “y” to an “ies” when pluralizing words in … Read more