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Should I use "both" or "bolth"? I have seen bo(l?)th words used and bo(l?)th are mentioned in various sources, but "both" seems to be more common. A Google search turned up bo(l?)th a Yahoo Answers thread that was really just chat and a reddit thread that concluded "it's an accent". Which one is correct / encouraged, or are bo(l?)th?

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  • Thanks for editing. It would help if you linked to the threads you mention. Also, can you explain what you mean by "correct"? It's a vague word that has no objective definition in this context. – sumelic Apr 18 '17 at 18:15
  • This is already the first search result... – programmer5000 Apr 18 '17 at 18:19
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Both is the only way to spell it. "Bolth" is either a slur or an accent but not a real word. What dictionary did you find it in?

  • What is the use of "bolth" as a slur? – sumelic Apr 18 '17 at 18:14
  • not as a slur as in insult, slur as in a lisp. – Yeshe Apr 18 '17 at 18:14
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    Oh, got it. Like a slurred pronunciation – sumelic Apr 18 '17 at 18:15
  • Is this really a question we should be answering rather than close-voting on ELU? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 18 '17 at 22:27
  • the claim that there was a dictionary listing somewhere was the prime reason I didn't move to close it. – Yeshe Apr 18 '17 at 23:09

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