While preparing for this project, I noticed that this delicious product was written in two different ways on the Web. Some spelled it as “doughnuts“, while others spelled it “donuts“.
To solve the spelling confusion I “Googled” the word to find out which was the correct spelling. Since I was in Primary School, I always thought the correct spelling was “doughnut”. This is what I found out:
Everyone enjoys a doughnut every now and then—glazed, powdered, sprinkled, jelly filled. It’s hard not to love them.
The official dictionary spelling of the word is doughnut with donut generally being listed as a variant of the preferred original spelling.
Doughnut is the original spelling of the word, coming onto the scene in the early 1800s. The Oxford English Dictionary lists Washington Irving’s reference to doughnuts in his 1809 History of New York as the first published use of the word.
“An enormous dish of balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.”
Describing what we now call doughnut holes, Irving put this word into the English lexicon.
Donut, an American variant, first appeared in the late 1800s as a contraction of the original spelling. The shortened spelling didn’t immediately catch on, however, and remained mostly dormant until midway through the 20th century.
Since the founding of the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts, this spelling has increased steadily and rapidly.
Being part of the old school, I will continue to spell the word as “doughnuts“. How about you?