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Whiskey vs. whisky
When editing, I see many words spelled different ways throughout a manuscript. Whiskey and whisky are on said list.
Scotland and Canada, according to my research, spell it whisky (e-less, if you will) while others include the 'e' to make it whiskey. I tell my clients to at least remain consistent. However, there is a little more to it than just being consistent.
Grammarist.com has this to say:
"The difference between whiskey and whisky is simple but important: whisky usually denotes Scotch whisky and Scotch-inspired liquors, and whiskey denotes the Irish and American liquors. The word itself (both spellings) is of Celtic origin, and modern whisky/whiskey distillation practices originated in Ireland and Scotland. Using whiskey to refer to Scotch whisky can get you in trouble in Scotland."
An interesting blog on how firm whiskey/whisky drinkers can be on the spelling was found on The New York Times website and was quite enlightening. http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/whiskey-versus-whisky/
I'm unsure what the correct answer is here in my neck of the woods... I just order "Jack & Coke, please." And Jack Daniels spells it with an e....
However, when writing your novel, be sure to 1) remain consistent, and 2) know what kind of liquor they are drinking—Scotch whisky, Rye whisky, or Irish whiskey. Otherwise, you might end up upsetting the apple cart, so to speak. And so it goes. ;)
What kind of whiskey/whisky do you drink—with an e or without?
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