Doughnut or Donut? How do you spell it?

Doughnut or Donut? How do you spell it?

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Donut vagy doughnut? Hogyan írják helyesen? A cikkből kiderül. Sőt, a recept alapján meg is sütheted a sütit, ha kedved van!

Donut is an alternate spelling of doughnut. Some dictionaries point out that donut is rarely used outside the United States. All of them recognize doughnut as the main spelling, as do some of the more popular style guides. Doughnut might be the spelling you should use if you want to be sure you’re not making a mistake.

Doughnuts: the thing no stereotypical law enforcement officer can be seen without. Think of The Simpsons‘ Chief Wiggum. Or, if you’re a fan of looking beyond stereotypes, think of Twin Peaks‘ agent Dale Cooper, who appreciated the importance of doughnuts even though he favored cherry pie and a good cup of coffee. You get the picture—doughnuts have their place in popular culture.

They’ve also been on the mind of nutrition specialists and doctors, who generally advise against eating too many of these sweet and tasty rings of dough fried in oil. But seeing how we’re not the stereotypical girls and boys in blue here, or doctors for that matter, our interest in doughnuts comes from a completely different place. Apparently, there are two ways to spell the word—doughnut and donut—and it’s sometimes not completely clear which of the two spellings is the correct one.

Donut or Doughnut—Which Spelling Is Correct?

The simple answer to this question is they both are. Doughnut is the original spelling, which means it’s the older one, having appeared in the early nineteenth century. If you pick up a dictionary, any dictionary, you’ll find doughnut.

But it’s also very likely you’ll find donut, too. It might be listed as an alternate spelling, and some dictionaries might make it very clear that it’s a spelling mostly used in the United States. Donut, the simpler spelling of the word, first appeared around sixty years after the longer version, and it started gaining traction by the first half of the twentieth century.

Style guides, however, will occasionally list doughnut as the preferred spelling, so it might be better to forgo the shorter spelling unless you’re sure the donut in your writing will not be flagged as a mistake.

Why Is Donut Spelled Two Ways?

What is a doughnut, or donut, if you will? It’s a small lump of dough, which was originally fried in fat. So you can see where the “dough” in doughnut comes from. The “nut” part is actually a different way of saying “a small lump.” Originally, the name of the treat was dough boy.

Donut is a simplification of the original spelling, and as such, it’s completely in the spirit of the American version of the English language. Noah Webster, the godfather of American lexicography, was a strong supporter of spelling reform. If you look at American English and British English today, you’ll see that the former has a strong tendency to prefer the simpler spellings of words.

Lastly, it’s possible to find a correlation between the rise of the simpler spelling and the rise of Dunkin’ Donuts. But while they might get the credit for popularizing it, Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t invent the simpler spelling. In fact, bakeries have been using it since the 1920s.

source: grammarly.com

Did reading about doughnuts (or donuts) make your mouth water? Watch the video and make the doughnuts as a treat.

Doughnuts recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 70 mins

Yields: 12

Ingredients

350g strong white flour

Pinch of salt

30g caster sugar

50g margarine

7g fast-action dried yeast

65ml warm milk

65ml warm water

1 large egg

cinnamon

Vegetable oil to deep fry

Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the caster sugar, and mix together well. Add the margarine, and rub into the flour. Add the dried yeast and mix together well. Heat milk and water in a pan. Heat until warm to the touch. Make a well in the flour, and pour in a beaten egg, followed by the warm milk. Mix together to form a dough. Your dough should look like this. Turn dough out on a floured surface. Knead for about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl. Cover and place it in a warm place. Leave for about one hour. Knead dough on a floured surface. Knead for only a few moments. This is ‘knocking back the dough’. Roll out the dough. Roll to about 1.5 cm thickness. Cut out circles of dough. Cut out the centres of the circles. Cover and put somewhere warm. Leave for around 20 minutes. Place caster sugar in a tray and add some cinnamon. Mix together well. Heat some oil in a large pan. Carefully add the doughnuts. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side. Turn over halfway through. Remove using a slotted spoon. Add to the doughnuts the sugar. Fully coat and shake off any excess.   

Vocabulary

alternate

váltakozó

law enforcement officer

rendőr

fan

rajongó

nutrition

étkezés

to advise against sg

óvni valamitől, nem javasolni

dough

tészta

to fry

olajban sütni

boys in blue

rendőrök

to make it clear

tisztázni, világossá tenni

to gain traction

népszerű lesz, elterjed

to forgo

tartózkodni valamitől, kerülni

to flag

jelölni

if you will

ahogy tetszik

lump

darab

fat

zsír, zsiradék

treat

finomság

simplification

egyszerűsítés

godfather

keresztapa

supporter

támogató

former

előző

rise

elterjedés

to get the credit for sg

javára írják

to popularize

népszerűsíteni

to invent

feltalálni

in fact

valójában

to make sy’s mouth water

csorog valamiért a nyála

ingredient

hozzávaló

caster sugar

porcukor

yeast

élesztő

cinnamon

fahéj

to sift

szitálni

bowl

tál

warm to the touch

melegnek érződik, kézmeleg

well

mélyedés

floured

lisztezett

to knead

gyúrni, dagasztani

to roll out

kinyújtani

thickness

vastagság

to cover

lefedni

tray

tálca

slotted spoon

szűrő/lyukacsos kanál

to coat

befedni

excess

felesleg

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