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why do some people add letters to words like favourite or magick?

really, did spelling change? should i get a new dictionary?


  1. ‘favourite’ is simply British spelling of the word ‘favorite’. In Britain the ‘u’ is usually added to the American spelling of certain words such as ‘behaviour’, ‘neighbour’, ‘harbour’,etc.
    ‘magick’ was coined by Aleister Crowley, and his reasons for making the word ‘magick’ was: “I chose therefore the name ‘magick’ as essentially the most sublime, and actually most discredited, of all the available terms. I swore to rehabilitate magick, to identify it with my own career; and to compel mankind to respect, love, and trust that which they scorned, hated, and feared”. I have no idea what the quote means, though.

  2. ok, favourite is simply the british way of spelling favorite, much like colour.
    and magick is the term for the art otherwise known as “witchcraft”, or the art associated with wicca.

  3. Things like favourite are British spellings, we are the ones that are making the changes to the words by shortening them.
    As for magic vs. magick, you will find a variety of answers, including that it’s from Allister Crowley invention to magic being non magic practitioners to magick being used by pagans. I use both, magic and magick, they are rather interchangable to me.


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