Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

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Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

Post by iamaran » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:08 pm

It's spelled 'Dreadnaught' by the author.

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Re: Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

Post by leenew » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:22 pm

Corrected.
(Even though I think it is miss - spelled :roll: )

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Re: Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

Post by jgharston » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:18 pm

leenew wrote:Corrected.
(Even though I think it is miss - spelled :roll: )
Dreadnaught should be the correct spelling for the class of battle ship. There is naught that this ship dreads. Dreadnought is a fear of the number zero.

However, the battleship class is named after the ship called Dreadnought which was named with an archaic English spelling, so it stuck.

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Re: Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

Post by crj » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:52 am

Basically, the two words are one and the spelling has diverged. Differently here and in the USA.

Relatedly, it's worth bearing in mind that "naughty" used to mean "worth naught/nought". Several passages of Shakespeare make more sense when you realise this. (-8

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Re: Dreadnought / Dreadnaught

Post by leenew » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:55 am

Thanks crj and JGH for the insights :D

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