For many years, there was no set spelling standard across America so that most people made it up as they went. One example is Melvil Dewey (of the Dewey Decimal System). He shortened his birth name, Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey, to just "Dui" according to one source.
...Then Noah Webster comes along wanting to eliminate the obstacles that occurred, trying to create a phonetic system for learners. To name a few of the standards that he created in his first dictionary, the word "jail" took over the commonly used term "gaol" as well as "publick" for "public". You may be surprised to learn that he tried to turn "soup" to "soop" and "women" to "wimmen". As you can see, the later ones were rejected.
But isnt it interesting that the words in the dictionary were made up like that?
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