spelling variants

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    When does a spelling variant become a legitimate word? Examples: krazy (crazy),
    sync (synchronous), bot (robot).
     
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  3. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    When enough people use it...next.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    When the dictionaries add it.
    When do dictionaries add a word?
    When it becomes sufficiently popular in culture that it warrants being recognized as a legit word in its own right.
     
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  7. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    When people look it up frequently, a dictionary needs to say something about it.

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  8. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Does the spelling variant have exactly the same meaning as the original spelling?

    In that case should it just be noted as a variant whereas if it is used in different contexts and has different associations then it might deserve its own listing.
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Up until the advent of the *searchable* inline dictionary, that would have been problematic, since they're ordered alphabetically. For instance, before searchability, no one would have found 'bot' if they didn't already know to look for 'robot'.
     
  10. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    I would guess should have

    However when a words spelt exactly the same can have different meanings who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  11. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    My interpretations: krazy is for emphasis, sync is speedup, bot is I.T. speak.
     

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