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On rare occasions, whether it be a Tuesday or not, when I write about plots, as in graphs, I see spell checker complaints where both alternatives are rejected. Is it plotable or plottable?

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Possibly "I dislike the stackexchange question quality checker for obvious reasons" is relevant, but I don't see why (and don't understand what you mean) so have downvoted the question. – jwpat7 Jun 19 '12 at 6:13
It should have been worded a bit better, but is a valid question. Try to at least give context in the future to clarify the intended meaning, in case of confusion, please. BTW, good luck with determining whether each word gets a double consonant or not, since there are some exceptions that take a single one, just to spite us. – shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 6:36
@jwpat7, I have reworded the question to omit the comment about the quality checker. – H2ONaCl Jun 19 '12 at 7:13
I was about to un-downvote, but then got stuck trying to fathom the relevance of "whether it be a Tuesday or not". (BTW, more-usual form is "...a Tuesday or no".) – jwpat7 Jun 19 '12 at 7:44
Interesting. I will start a thread on the "Tuesday or no" thing. – H2ONaCl Jun 19 '12 at 10:05
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Double "t."

It ends in a vowel + consonant: "plot." So it's "plot-plotted-plotted" as well.

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Is there a web application that would tell you this rather than just reject both spellings? – H2ONaCl Jun 19 '12 at 5:33
There may be a decent dictionary app available for use. I use a dictd server on a linux box, at least primarily. Otherwise wordnik.com is handy as it sources multiple sites. – shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 6:39
@shinyspoongod, wordnik.com rejected plotable and defined plottable. That beats a conventional dictionary but it's still a dictionary, not a mechanical turk that would tell you what Cool Elf's answer did. – H2ONaCl Jun 19 '12 at 7:18
@broiyan Indeed. Mechanical turks are hard to beat, unless you have a bit stick. – shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 7:37

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