April 27th, 2008


"Stanch" or "Staunch"? (with examples from SGA)

Two words, both alike in dignity, in fair Grammaria where we lay our scene…

There are no star-crossed lovers here, only a pair of homophones (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) that are surprisingly interchangeable.

Technically, either version is correct. It is in the realm of common use where the preferred spelling of one over the other takes place.

It all depends on whether you are using the word as a verb or as an adjective.

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To sum up:

Stanch is more common than staunch as the spelling of the verb. Staunch is more common than stanch as the spelling of the adjective.

British usage favors staunch for both meanings.