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spelling question

Stripy vs. Stripey
[That is, something having, or made of, stripes]

The second looks correct to me (and a Google search shows many people using it) but the dictionary tells me the first is the actual word. However, Google spell check isn't flagging the second as misspelled. Logically, I know that the first should be correct (take off the "e" of "stripe" and add a "y").

Is the second British? Is it simply spelled incorrectly so frequently that I have grown used to it? And yes, I know "striped" would mean the same thing and possible be more correct than either, but it is also more formal and stuffy. I'm looking for cute.

Context: I am considering buying a domain name for a pet related site that will contain this word. I will buy both spellings so that the site can be found either way, but what spelling should be in the formal name?

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mama2jude
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I always use "stripey," but I think either is correct, since it's a made-up word, isn't it? The grammatically correct way would be to say, "striped" (I say "stripe-id" but that's probably arcane and technically incorrect). But if you're going to say or write or type this cute silly word, I definitely spell it "stripey."
nadiafox
Dec. 16th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'd go with "stripey" also.

For some reason I feel like I should pronounce "stripy" as "strippy" and that doesn't really fit the cute thing haha
dubiously
Dec. 16th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
If you're just going for something cute, I'd pick the more symmetrical and visually appealing one: Stripey. The juxtaposition of the "p" and the "y" in stripy make it look unbalanced. I think that's why we're all gravitating toward stripey. (Although now that I've written it out, Firefox is saying, also, that stripey is incorrect whereas stripy is correct.)

And I like seeing that I'm not the only one who makes posts like this. Hee. :D
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