Mandela Effect

I distinctly remember when the word “dilemna” was written with the “mna” ending.

When I first saw the word “dilemma” with two “mms” I thought it was a mistake.

But no. In this universe, “dilemna” has never been acceptable, just some quirky outlier, an anomaly.

The language police are adamant that “dilemma” is now the only acceptable version. They protest too loudly!

Random quotes from the Internet:

“…dilemma is not only spelling truest to the etymology, it’s the only one attested to in any major dictionary, and it is by far the most common.

As to the cause, the aberrant dilemna is almost certainly hypercorrection; if common words like solemnhymn, or autumn brand a silent n, then surely this Greek philosophical term would as well…”

And from “the Dilemna Dilemma”:

“What happened to the dilemna as I knew it? Why wouldn’t my spellcheck acknowledge this alternate spelling that I purposefully learned as a child?  So I Googled it. “Dilemna or Dilemma?” It quickly informed me that I was one of tens of thousands (and maybe millions) of people with this same dilemma about dilemma. Then they completely shot down my first theory of why. It turns out Dilemna has NEVER EVER been spelled with an N… Worse yet, there’s not even a passing mention in any dictionary going back hundreds of years offering it as a possible alternative spelling.” END

On a related matter…

It used to be that to place something in brackets, or parentheses (like this) already signified that something inside was an example, an aside, an elaboration. That is implicit in the very nature of the parentheses. But no.

I’m editing almost daily, and I now see that this is standard (i.e. like this) and (e.g. like this). So every instance now has “i.e.” or “e.g.”  What the hell? I already know it’s a fucking example. I want to take a flamethrower to this usage but, of course, I’m prohibited from doing so because this is now the new convention.

Have I been Mandela affected?

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