Spelling: I was skeptical…but was I sceptical?

Self-tutoring about spelling: the tutor had his doubts in one case….

I read the word “sceptical” with surprise. One of the word processing programs I use doesn’t like it either. Yet, Webster’s Dictionary and Oxford Canadian Dictionary agree: sceptic is another way to spell skeptic.

Sceptic is a spelling so easy to be skeptical of: it defies the soft “c” before “e” rule. Yet, just like sasquatch and aliens, it’s real.

Curiously, the spell checker questions sasquatch as well, but is happy with aliens. Perhaps it doesn’t believe in sceptics or sasquatch?


Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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