[quote=“yisha’ou”][quote=“j99l88e77”]Why is “exaggerate” spelled with two g’s?
How should I write the above sentence?:
-Why is “exaggerate” spelled with two g’s?
-Why is “exaggerate” spelled with two “g”'s?
-Why is “exaggerate” spelled with two "g"s?
I spelled it wrong today in my adult class today and a student corrected me. I told him that he was wrong and we looked it up in the dictionary. How embarassing. [/quote]
Well, it’s probably spelled that way because it’s derived from a Latin word that was spelled that way, which in turn was derived from another Latin word that was spelled that way (aggerare, “to heap up,” which is the same root as in aggregate, per the OED). “Exaggerate” came to English via French, which is why it has the soft g instead of the hard g, and French does now spell it with one g, but in medieval Fr. it had both. Personally I’d think that both gs are necessary for the pronunciation, as the consonant sound is pretty long – sounds like “exaj jer ate” instead of “exa jer ate” but that could be just because I’m thinking about it right now.
Web sources (Brian Forte, dictionary.com) seem to indicate that the plural of single letters is formed by taking the apostrophe – g’s – but this is one of those cases where I’ll insist the entire rest of the world is wrong, because it just plain looks like a possessive to me. Write Gs on my tombstone, there’s no justification for the apostrophe.[/quote]
You talk purty.