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#351 - 03/16/00 06:25 PM Dilemna? Dilemma?  
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OK, I swear that dilemna used to be spelled with an n, but now I only see it spelled with two m's, even in the dictionary! Am I going nuts or has anyone else noticed it too? What's going on?!

#352 - 03/17/00 03:20 PM Re: Dilemna? Dilemma?  
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34 years and counting, and I've never seen it spelled dilemna. It's always been dilemma for me.

#353 - 04/22/00 11:50 AM Re: Dilemna? Dilemma?  
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60 years and still counting! I have memories of the "dilemna" spelling, and wondering how it was pronounced. The Shorter Oxford doesn't even mention it. It may have been in my youth when I was involved in Gilbert & Sullivan -- there's a song in Trial by Jury ("A nice dilemma/dilemna?") -- but surely it wasn't just a misprint?
Hello to all from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

#354 - 04/22/00 01:20 PM Re: Dilemna? Dilemma?  
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Carpal Tunnel
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this too shall pass
two millennia and still counting! dilemma comes from a Greek word intact which means "two (2) lemma(s)" (a lemma is a proposition). I think you may be caught on the horns of one.

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