Etymological Respelling

Entertainment / Literature / Etymological Respelling: Revising spelling to reflect or match how a word's etymon was spelled, or the actual word so altered. For instance, the words debt and doubt gained their silent letters in the Renaissance when revisionists/reactionaries wanted to 'correct' the Middle English spellings (det and dout) to match the Latin roots, debitum and dubitare (Algeo 158).

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