[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: "goal" or "gaol"? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 31 15:58:49 UTC 2016


On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 11:49 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) wrote:
>
> > [An "erroneous spelling" seems very unlikely, considering the
> > large numbers of instances in American newspapers.  Did every
> > publisher/printer make the same mistake?  Remember, one was
> > Ben Franklin.]
>
> I was going to ask, "Wasn't it Ben who said 'It's a damn poor mind
> that can think of but one way to spell a word?'", but it wasn't him.
>
> It was either Mark Twain or Andrew Jackson who didn't say it.

Garson is on it, of course.

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/25/spelling/

It wasn't Jefferson either.

https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/spell-word-only-one-way-quotation

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