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I asked a question about the spelling of the word 'vacumn'. As far as I was concerned, this was the accepted spelling of the word 'vacuum'. I was not alone in this belief and someone else had asked a question about it.
The topic was closed down with the comment that 'vacumn' was a misspelling, and that there were more common misspellings of such as 'vaccuum' that were not worthy of a question, let alone an open question.
Furthermore that if anyone wanted to find out how to spell 'vacuum' they could simply refer to a dictionary.
It was also pointed out by one person that I had misspelt another word, I had used an 'e' instead of an 'a'.
A word in which 'a' and 'e' are used interchangeably is 'Grey' or should that be 'Gray'.
Another example of alternative spellings is 'swap' or should that be 'swop'.
I did not find that the answers on Stack Exchange before the question was closed, that convinced me that 'vacuum' should be spelt 'vacuum'.
However I did find something on Wikipedia. Wikipedia stated that the Latin root word for vacuum contained two 'u's'.
I found this explanation quite acceptable. The question on Stack Exchange was closed down before this explanation was reached. Instead we were just left with an authoritarian response along the lines of "I am right and you are wrong".
Interesting, Wikipedia stated that words with two 'u's' are very unusual in English, which explains why a variant of the spelling without two 'u's' is quite common.
I also like to ask, why the topic is listed under 'orthography' rather than the more common and understandable English word - 'spelling'.
From Latin vacuum (an empty space, void) noun use of neuter of vacuus (empty) related to >vacare (be empty).
"Vacuum" is one of the few words in the English language that contains two consecutive >'u's.