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Is the British usually spelt and American spelled? JillianE 18:10, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

I'm not sure, Americans use both sometimes I think although we British normally use spelled. I think I've read somewhere that spelt is an american invention so it probably is AmE and not BrE. Pronunciation tends to differ too, I've heard spelled pronounced as speld and spelt. Wikisquared 00:19, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

spelt is not an American invention. A search at Wikisource turns up the word in a variety of English literature even as early as Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. It's simply less common these days than spelled. --EncycloPetey 00:37, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
Weird, although at the time of shakespeare words had many different spellings. Wikisquared 01:22, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
To be safe: preterite is spelt, perfect is spelled.
From The Japanese Experience: A Short History of Japan, by W.G. Beasley. Page 254, paragraph 1: "A revised Civil Code spelt out the constitution's more general references to civil rights, including the legal and political equality of women." 19:12, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Tea Room discussionEdit

See Special:PermanentLink/24549073#spelt. DCDuring TALK 19:40, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

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Etymology 1 is currently "Through French espeller and dialect nuance.".

What does it mean by "dialect nuance"? Thryduulf 12:16, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Best guess, Old French espeller and its variants. Variation is dialectal to some extent, but mostly it's just individual preference. Besides, would see {{term|spell|lang=en}} do, since it's an inflected form? Plus I'd be espeler is more common than espeller. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:28, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
By coincidence, see Appendix:Old French spellings, that I updated a few minutes before this was posted. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:26, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

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