I was looking for origin of the word carousel, and I found the following,

One of the purposes of the Royalle Carouselle, as it was called in a patent application of 1673, was to give "sufficient instruction to all such ingenious young gentleman as desire to learne the art of perfect horsemanshipp with all the usual practices and exercises thereof".


Also in the following book, Images and cultures of law in early modern England

My Question is, have the words horsemanshipp & warr been used in writing with a double p & r consistently? Or is it that the usage reflects the way a person speaks those words ?

  • sharp :-) I changed it in the description but forgot to change the title.
    – BST
    Jan 13 '12 at 11:42

"A collection of scarce and valuable tracts ...", Sir Walter Scott, Baron John Somers Somers, 1811, p.332.

In this conjecture, when France in generall, weary with the warr with Spain, passionately desired a peace, and Spain, weakened and exhausted with the warr with England, wherein that crown received more prejudice in three ...

(emphasis mine.) Also notice generall, with a double ell.

Significant dates from nGram: c1810, c1820, c1860

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Note that "Warr" also appears to be a personal name. So, I did not include 'Warr' with an initial capital in the nGram. nGrams begin from 1800.

  • I will closely follow nGram from here on, thanks :)
    – BST
    Jan 15 '12 at 7:49

The Oxford English Dictionary shows that the spelling warr is found from the Middle English period until the sixteenth century and horsemanshippe (note the final e) is a sixteenth century spelling.

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    +1 OED. What did the double r signify, if anything?
    – MetaEd
    Jan 13 '12 at 15:33

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