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Students at Johnson University attempt to change official spelling of 'forty'

Jessica Boling • Apr 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Kevin Tucker wants to change the spelling of a common English word. “The way we spell ‘forty’ has always been puzzling to me,” said Tucker, 21, a junior at Johnson University in South Knox. “Why don’t we spell it like other numbers associated with four, such as fourteen?”

An avid social media user, Tucker began using his Twitter account early this month to tell others about his dislike for the spelling of “forty.”

“Honestly, it started out as a joke,” Tucker said. But the online response to Tucker’s posts was so enthusiastic that he decided to take the idea seriously. “We want to get the word’s spelling officially changed in the dictionary,” he said. “I think it will be a fun challenge. Words are added to the dictionary all the time, but they are usually more obscure. We are trying to change the spelling of a common number.” Tucker hopes that if enough people start intentionally spelling the word with a ‘u,’ the trend will become widespread and the official spelling will change to match common usage.

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