Letter: Research your grammar, and presidential choice

Research your grammar, and presidential choice

To the editor:

Regarding Dorothy van den Honert's July 29 op-ed column "Talking grammar, and a little Trump," in which the spelling of "judgment" is contested, consider three standard reference works used in book publishing, which is my current and lifelong profession.

In the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010), rule 7.1 states: "If more than one spelling is given, Chicago opts for the first form used..." The most recent editions of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2003) and The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (fourth edition, 2006) both recommended as resources in rule 7.1 — give "judgment or judgement" for this term, in that order.

Out of curiosity, I opened my massive 1864 Webster's International Dictionary. Guess what? That book lists "judgment [written also judgement]."

Bottom line, everybody: Do your research, and from trustworthy sources, be it about the spelling of a word or a candidate's qualifications for office.

Iris Bass, Lee


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