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January 18, 2021


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>At least until the current TikTok phenomenon, North Americans tended to spell the word chantey*.

Canadian, and I've never seen the ch- spelling before in my life.

I don't think of [hovel-]shanty as an American word; "shanty town" seems to be the standard globish for slums in developing nations. But of course familiarity nowadays does not imply familiarity at the time when the spelling of [sea-]shanty was being standardised.

I've never heard "chantey"=chamberpot and I suspect it is too restricted in time and space to have influenced the spelling of [sea-]shanty. OTOH chamberpots were a lot more common a century ago.

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