Brandoch Daha (ticktockman) wrote in linguaphiles,
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peddler vs pedlar

I was surprised to see the spelling "pedlar" for what I have always previously seen as "peddler". Is this a regional variance? I'm in the U.S.
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Have you ever heard about England?
Certainly. Is pedlar the preferred spelling in England?
they are not so rich to double letters for nothing
The Free Dictionary says that it's chiefly British.

http://thefreedictionary.com/pedlar
I wonder does this mean we should use todlar instead of toddler?
But medlar for meddler would only spawn confusion.
Unless of course you're referring to interfering fruit.
Oh. I'm English and I use 'peddler'... SUDDENLY MY NATIONALITY IS CALLED INTO QUESTION
heh
lol great icon
Usually but not exclusively "pedlar" in Britain, regularly "peddler" in America, says the OED. The history is obscure, but the word seems to be a good deal older than the verb "peddle", which is presumably a back formation. On the other hand, there is no historical justification for the "a".
A friend's apartment building in Vancouver, BC had a sign on the front door that said "NO PEDLARS" and we would always make fun of it. Apparently it's not the common Canadian spelling, but it looked like a pre-made sign intended to be put up in front of houses, not a custom-made deal, so I always assumed it was either archaic or an Anglicism from a more British past.
I always thought it was the spelling favored by the Knights Templar. ;)