Monday, March 08, 2004

Pendent or pendant?

How do you spell "pendent," with an "a" or an "e"? And, have you ever used the "head count" method of resolving spelling disputes? I'm afraid to say that I have done, many a time - for example, get on Westlaw, pull up the SCT database, stick in "pendent /s jurisdiction" as the query (78 cases), stick in "pendant /s jurisdiction" (1 case), draw your own conclusions.

I won't mention our in-house dispute over the correct spelling and usage of the term, "kitten kaboodle," except to say that in many notes to my assistant I tell her I want the "whole kitten."

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