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dilemma vs dilemna - spinoff from Keltikmom's thread
Old 06-08-2019, 01:49 PM
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On Keltikmom's thread, I mentioned that I was absolutely positive about being taught to spell "dilemma" as "dilemna" and nobody agreeing with me. Everyone says "No, it's dilemma, it's always been dilemma." And the etymology backs them up because it comes from "lemma." And I could find nothing on google that backed me up that it was a thing in the 70s.

It made me question my reality.

So that was several years ago that I first did the googling.

I googled today and found this from this year:

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ed...mma-or-dilemna

It basically says my reality is wrong and that lots of people are also living in false realities.


and this
http://dilemna.info/

Also from recently with tons of comments from people who agree that they were definitely taught dilemna

So what do you say? Were you taught dilemna??


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Old 06-08-2019, 02:00 PM
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I remember being taught dilemna as a word with a silent n as in solemn.


Here is another link on the topic
https://english.stackexchange.com/qu...mma-vs-dilemna
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:01 PM
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No, I always said it as dilemma... This reminds me of a post way back where we said words incorrectly when we were younger or even now.. As a kid I called a night table a knife table
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:08 PM
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Always dilemma for me, but I learned lasagne.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:21 PM
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Google ngrams graph of the spelling pattern in books


https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...llemma%3B%2Cc0


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Old 06-08-2019, 02:24 PM
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You had me all excited that dilemna was the more common spelling, contrary to Grammar Girl's assertion. But then I saw your dilemma was also spelled with two ls

Here's the comparison of dilemna vs dilemma.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...ilemma%3B%2Cc0
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:24 PM
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anna, look at your same graph with “my” spelling added.
https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...ilemma%3B%2Cc0
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:29 PM
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No, I always said it as dilemma.
I've always said it as "dilemma," but am sure it was spelled "dilemna."
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:30 PM
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I stand by dilemna. How can this many people of varying generations think it was spelled this way? I distinctly remember pronouncing it dilem-na so I could remember how to spell it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:32 PM
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Perhaps our experience with the word largely comes from what we have read.I think it's interesting that the incorrect spelling shows up very very early in books.


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Old 06-08-2019, 02:36 PM
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Perhaps our experience with the word largely comes from what we have read.
The google ngram indicates that none of us likely read this word in published material It shows up in less than a 1/10,000th of a percent of books.

Though this does show it having a renaissance in the late 1900s, matching my "this happened in 1970s/80s" assertion.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...ilemna%3B%2Cc0
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:09 PM
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now looking at how the google book scanning works...what a bird walk
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:06 AM
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I remember spelling it as "dilemna" as well. Have I been disillusioned?
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:05 AM
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Dilemna is how I have always spelled it. However, I did think it was weird that it is pronounced “dilemma”.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:24 AM
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Dilemna.... I would say with 100% no doubt...but how’s this for funny: my autocorrect in my phone just tried to change it to “dilemma”.
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:51 PM
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I never learned to spell it with an "n." I saw the title of the other post and assumed it was just a typo.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:37 PM
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Dilemna isn’t even a word. Spell check agrees with me - it keeps changing it to dilemma.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:42 PM
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Whether dilemma is currently the correct spelling of the word is not in question. It's really not even a question whether dilemma was always the correct spelling.

The question is who remembers being specifically taught "dilem-na" as a child despite dilemma being the correct spelling, both historically and etymologically.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:47 PM
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Here's another post about it.

All of us dilem-na spellers are apparently from an alternate universe and our timelines got mixed up.

https://graspingforobjectivity.com/2...html/#comments
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:32 AM
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I’m late to the dilemma dilemna party but I also remember pronouncing dilemma but spelling dilemna. And like Keltikmom I would say in my head “dilem-na” so I would remember
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