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I cannot believe I didn’t know this before now!

whisky, whiskey Almost all dictionaries and usage guides suggest that whisky is the British and Canadian spelling, while whiskey is the Irish and American spelling. However, some Canadian writers maintain the distinction between Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey (from Fee and McAlpine’s Guide to Canadian English Usage).

After all this time of preferring my spirits brown, rye + scotch + bourbon in particular, and I didn’t realize this fine distinction to mark usage or heritage.

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