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There was a word I learned to spell when I was 11 in which there was a silent G. It is no longer used. Right now I cannot remember the word, but I am interested in finding out how to locate U.S. words whose spelling has changed in the last 60 years.

  • Americans in particular have become much more accepting of thru instead of through in (semi-)formal contexts. And more and more people discard the final letter in -ing forms (usually, but not always, replacing it with an apostrophe). – FumbleFingers May 13 at 16:36
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    To give another example, "donut" is now a more commonly accepted spelling of "doughnut" – geekahedron May 13 at 16:38
  • @geekahedron: Interestingly, per Google n-grams, doughnut is still more common, but both terms have been gaining in popularity. – Zack May 13 at 16:58
  • And the earliest reference I could find to "donut" as an alternative to "donut" was this 1913 Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics document. – Zack May 13 at 17:04
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    @NigelJ - You're funny... – Jim May 13 at 17:47

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