A less-interesting "Memorex moment," but WTF?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 14 21:23:38 UTC 2011

I've long had the impression that the "correct" spelling of the word
for a type of facial hair was _moustache_, in my youth. However, with
the passage of three-quarters of a century, the slight simplification,
_mustache_, has become the norm.

On a whim, I googled the word. A casual glance at the first page was
enough to establish that the "newer" spelling dates back at least to
1808. That same glance was likewise sufficient to reveal that the
"older" spelling, _moustache_, (re-?)occurs some dekkids later, in

The correct, documented time line is to be found in the OED, no doubt.

It just shows to go you.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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