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03/02/2014

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John Cowan

The spelling judgment was standardized in the 17th century: it's the spelling used in Johnson's dictionary, for example. During the period of orthographic confusion in early modern times, judgment, judgement, jugmente, judgemente, judgmente were in use, with i/j and u/v interchange, just to make things worse. The modern revival of judgement dates only to about 1850, and it did not affect conservative legal and theological uses — or American spelling, which had long since separated from British spelling.

John Cowan

A favorite line from Shaw's play The Apple Cart (1930): "One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who havnt and dont".

Peter Harvey

It seems to me that judgement is the only sensible way of spelling it but if the lawyers want to make a distinction, that's up to them.

John Cowan

I tend to write judgement myself.

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