Friday, May 5, 2017

Whisky versus (vs) Whiskey - how to spell? (Secret tip!)

"Whisky" and "Whiskey" are pretty much the same substance, but why the difference in spelling?  Well, I can't provide full etymology here, but I'll clue you in to my little secret in remembering which is which...  If the country from which the distillation comes  has an "e" in its name (eg, America, Ireland), use the "e", as in "whiskey".   If the country name doesn't have an "e", skip the "e"' and use "whisky" (eg, Scotland, Canada, Japan).  I'm quite confident this is not a hard-and-fast rule, but it helps me keep things generally straight!

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