> Dr J R Stockton wrote:
>> [...] by the fact that in English speech it is never spelt at all.
> AFAIK nothing is ever *spelled* in any *spoken* language at all.
Your "AFAIK" and "any" are mutual exclusive.
Perhaps you are under the delusion of a permanent monoglottic or
> But then, Usenet is not about *speaking*, but about *writing*.
If you "say" so.
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Spelled vs. spelt
In American English, spelt primarily refers to the hardy wheat grown
mostly in Europe, and the verb spell makes spelled in the past tense and
as a past participle. In all other main varieties of English, spelt and
spelled both work as the past tense and past participle of spell, at least
where spell means to form words letter by letter or (with out) to make
clear. Outside the U.S., the two forms are interchangeable in these uses,
and both are common.
But when spell carries the sense to temporarily relieve (someone) from
work, spelled is the preferred form throughout the English-speaking world.
This is a minor point, though, as this sense of spell is rarely used
outside the U.S., where it is most common.
Spelled is not a recent Americanism, as many people assume (including some
who have commented on this post). Both spelled and spelt are old, and
examples of each are easily found in historical Google Books searches
covering the 17th and 18th centuries. It is true, however, that spelt was
ascendant everywhere through most of the 19th century. This ended when
Americans permanently settled on spelled around 1900.
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