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Offline Karen W.

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A spelling question if you will!

I always want to put the "i" back in it! Like this: "explaination"

It always looks wrong, but I still have to mentally correct my train

of thought with this word!

 Why is that?


 

Offline DoctorBeaver

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The same is true of words lke "maintain" and "maintenance". I don't know the reason.
 

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this is from an online etymology site

explanation Look up explanation at Dictionary.com
    1382, from L. explanationem noun of action from explanare "to make plain or clear, explain," lit. "make level, flatten," from ex- "out" + planus "flat" (see plane (1)). Originally explane, spelling altered by infl. of plain. The verb explain is first attested 1513.
 

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Thanks Doc... I never thought of maintain...and maintenance???
 

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this is from an online etymology site

explanation Look up explanation at Dictionary.com
    1382, from L. explanationem noun of action from explanare "to make plain or clear, explain," lit. "make level, flatten," from ex- "out" + planus "flat" (see plane (1)). Originally explane, spelling altered by infl. of plain. The verb explain is first attested 1513.

Wow JnA...thank you for the history on this..That is  very interesting.....Question answered!
 

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Karen and Dr Beaver
I think the reasons in the differences in spelling might be because in the US English, it's
spelt with the old-fashioned (phonetical) methods

The modern English in the UK.

US                            UK
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