Word of the Day: Judgment
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Feb 20, 2020
1: a: the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b: an opinion or estimate so formed
2: a: the capacity for judging: discernment
b: the exercise of this capacity
3: a: a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
b: an opinion so pronounced
4: a formal decision given by a court
5: a divine sentence or decision
DID YOU KNOW?
Judgment can also be spelled judgement, and usage experts have long disagreed over which spelling is the preferred one. Henry Fowler asserted that “the OED [Oxford English Dictionary] prefers the older & more reasonable spelling. Judgement is therefore here recommended….” William Safire held an opposite opinion, writing, “My judgment is that Fowler is not to be followed on his spelling of judgement.” Judgement is in fact the older spelling, but it dropped from favor and for centuries judgment was the only spelling to appear in dictionaries. That changed when the OED (Fowler's source) was published showing judgement as an equal variant. Today, judgment is more popular in the U.S., whereas both spelling make a good showing in Britain.