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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #9 on: Friday 20 February 09 17:28 GMT (UK) »
Definitely grandad. I also came across this recently in a word processor spell check, I know spell checkers have their uses but sometimes they are just wrong! I blame them for the rogue apostrophe! (Not wishing to trigger another debate on this though!) The grammar check is absolute rubbish - try writing  "The staff are having a party". It doesn't recognise the word 'staff' as being plural - presumably because it doesn't have an 's' at the end.
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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #10 on: Friday 20 February 09 17:33 GMT (UK) »
I was taught (many years ago) to spell the word as 'granddad', but it is more common these days to see it as grandad.  You would not spell grandfather as granfather, would you?  :)
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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #11 on: Friday 20 February 09 17:34 GMT (UK) »
Call him grandpa instead - it's easier !   ;D
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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #12 on: Friday 20 February 09 18:01 GMT (UK) »
I was taught (many years ago) to spell the word as 'granddad', but it is more common these days to see it as grandad.  You would not spell grandfather as granfather, would you?  :)

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sorry But I have to disagree on grandad being the recent one .

I think   that it is more common to see it as granddad these days. My mum is 69 , my dad is in 70's, both  were educated in two different countries within the Uk (my grandparents , bless their souls who were born in the early 1900's also spelled it with one d) .

Both my parents were brought up through the education systems of two  different countries within the uk , and both were told to spell it as grandad. I was brought up to spell it the same way through school, so was my hubby ( We are both from different area/schools.  I am questioning my own spelling of the word thanks to modern languages the internet. If you asked me how to spell it at 10, 7, 6,5 , etc etc  yr old I would have said grandad.

I think   ( doesn't mean I'm right or wrong) Granddad is the much more recent one.


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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #13 on: Friday 20 February 09 18:15 GMT (UK) »
Spell checkers are sadly eroding away the English language. People in Britain are now defaulting to American because it's what Microsoft tells them.

And for the record, I've only known one grandfather (still alive), and he's 'grandpa'. However when referring to the one I never knew it's 'grandad'.

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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 21 February 09 00:34 GMT (UK) »
I'm the odd one out. I've always called my dad's dad "Granddad" because I could never figure out why a "d" should be dropped turning him into either gran-dad or grand-ad.
It's grandparent/s, grandfather, grandmother, grandpa, grandma, thus it follows that it would be granddad.
That said I've never looked for the word in a dictionary, just gone with what makes sense in my head.
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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 21 February 09 08:15 GMT (UK) »
This is really interesting,  I did not realise how long 'grandad' had been in use.  I truly thought that it was a modern spelling. I first came across the spelling 'grandad' about 16 years ago  having spelt the word with two middle 'd's for over 40 years I thought that I had mispelt it all those years  ;D.
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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #16 on: Monday 23 February 09 07:52 GMT (UK) »
I've always used Grandad irrespective of what any spell checker has suggested to the contrary.   

Spell checkers should, in my humble view be used rather as a drunk uses a lamp post - for support rather than illumination.   In my work I use the word 'liaison' probably something in the region of 100 times a day and each an every time if its switched on, and with the language set to UK English, the wretched thing still insists it should be 'liason'.   Needless to say, it's permanently switched off.

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Re: Grandad or Granddad? ( spelling)
« Reply #17 on: Monday 23 February 09 14:05 GMT (UK) »

Spell checkers should, in my humble view be used rather as a drunk uses a lamp post - for support rather than illumination.   

What a marvellous was of putting it, Mogsmum! I so agree with you! And with Andrew, who says that spell checkers are eroding the English language.
(As an aside - an interesting point- the word processing application will allow spell checker or spellchecker!)
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