Hey, it’s the least popular recurring feature at DailyWritingTip.com: Spelling! Yes, it is true. I’m not sure why, but readers’ responses to spelling day has been lukewarm even on the best days, but until the world learns to spell correctly, I will soldier on.
Today’s words are actually proper nouns: Gandhi and Buddhist.
It is the h that throws people off; they know there’s an h in there somewhere, but they’ll often guess wrong and spell the names Ghandi and Bhuddist. There’s actually a linguistic reason for the h appearing where it does. Indian languages have certain pronunciations that don’t translate to English pronunciations, ‘though the spellings still represent them. The dh in both these names represents, according to a speech-pathology major I know, an aspirated dentalized voiced alveolar stop.
You don’t have to know what that means, except that it means these names can be challenging to spell correctly. So please, if you know you’ve misspelled either of these words, add a comment below in which you type (not copy-paste) both names ten times each!