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How do YOU spell siphon/syphon ?
I've been spelling it syphon all my life, as far as I recall.
I just moaned to t'missus (a linguistics graduate) about Amercian spell checkers not liking that, and she said, well, that's because it IS spelt with an i.
And she got out our 2 volume Shorter Oxford English dict to prove it.
Just looked at an online homebrew shop webpage that has it both ways in adjacent sentences...
my parents were killed by a python you insensitive clod
My 20 volume OED says you can spell it both ways.
Can, yes, but it lists the i version as the main and the y as a variant, yes?
It just says "siphon, also syphon" and "syphon VAR siphon"
Pick the bones out of that!
Incidentally I couldn't reply directly because you don't list me as a friend.
According to my Manage Friends page I do. Odd.
|Date:||July 16th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)|| |
The entry for syphon only says "var siphon" which means that siphon is the dominant version.
My spelling has deteriorated so much in recent years that I can't remember how I ever spelled it. Not that I tend to spell it at all these days.
|Date:||July 16th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)|| |
I'd tend to use an i, but I wouldn't think y was wrong.
|Date:||July 16th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||July 16th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)|| |
The online OED gives both, with citations using both from C17th to the C21st. I don’t see any basis for calling either incorrect.
My (wavey hands) impression is that syphon is a noun, and dated, (I instinctively bracket it into the periods 1680-1750, revived 1880-1920), and siphon is a verbal form with back-spelling to the noun. /overthinking?