The "we still have another month of winter" quiz. How to use a word that literally drives some people nuts. In 2013, the company answered the question "Does Dunkin' Donuts make donuts or doughnuts? We've been encountering the variant donut in published, edited text since the mid-20th century.
Still, many restaurants, bakeries, and doughnut shops celebrate the day the first Friday in June. The day first began in 1938 as a campaign by the Salvation Army to honor their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
Need even more definitions? Noah Webster from whose dictionaries ours are directly descended included simplified spellings in his dictionaries because he believed in spelling reform, but we have no similar ideological rationale for including variant spellings.
A Dunkin' Donuts representative told Business Insider the company did not have additional information on why Rosenberg spelled Dunkin' Donuts as "donuts" versus "doughnuts," though the chain could confirm that it has been spelled that way since 1950. February 2019 Words of the Day Quiz The "we still have another month of winter" quiz. Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words? Today, Mister Donut has a booming business in Asia, with more than 10,000 locations worldwide.
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time. The answer, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is that it is, in fact, both.
But what about when discussing Dunkin' Donuts' sweet treats? Our inclusion of donut is based solely on evidence of the variant in a variety of published, edited texts.
Donut has gained ground even more rapidly in recent years.
It was certainly helped along by famous doughnut purveyors — both Dunkin' and Mister — but in truth they and all who've accepted the variant were following in a tradition of phonetic-based spelling reform also embraced by the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Noah Webster. Google Books Ngram.
And when we consider the variety of things the letter combination ough does in English — tough , though , through , drought , bought , cough — surely it's not wholly irrational to welcome the simplification that donut offers. Sixty years ago, there was no doughnut-versus-donut debate. Given this popular sentiment, I would advise to stick with the traditional spelling doughnut —especially if you are a writer outside of the United States.
Despite its pro-phonetic-spelling spiel, Merriam-Webster actually refers to donut as a variant of doughnut. The above chart segments just American English uses of donut vs.