If the origin is French and the British have adapted it, why would they claim America corrupted the so-called English version if it wasn't theirs to begin with? And why must a simple word like jail appear as goal, misspelled?
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Like many words in British English Gaol entered the language as part of the aftermath of the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Gaol in British English is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "Gayole" rather than the Old French " Jailoe".
Origin Middle English: based on Latin cavea (see cage). The word came into English in two forms, jaiole from Old French and gayole from Anglo-Norman French gaole (surviving in the spelling gaol), originally pronounced with a hard g, as in goat.
But in Britain you will see both forms used "jail" and "gaol" very few people would claim an Amerucan corruption of the word.