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Dilemma

I can see how some incorrect information gets propagated (like the injunction to never split an infinitive in English, which is based on an erroneous analogy with Latin and other languages that have a one-word infinitive), but does any one know the source of this one: apparently many people have been taught that the correct spelling of dilemma is dilemna. How did that originate, does anyone know?

ETA: Here's an example of what you'll find by googling, giving evidence of how widespread this is:

http://northernplanets.blogspot.com/2007/08/dilemna-of-spelling-dilemma.html
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