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English translation: both spellings are used

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English term or phrase:aesthetic vs esthetic
English translation:both spellings are used
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18:39 Jun 2, 2003
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Art/Literary
English term or phrase: aesthetic vs esthetic
difference in use
mbc
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Local time: 16:44
both are used
Explanation:

1) aesthetic. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...1. Relating to the philosophy or theories of aesthetics. 2. Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: the aesthetic faculties. 3. Characterized by...

2) aesthetic or esthetic. Roget s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
...Showing good taste: artistic, tasteful, tasty. See STYLE....


3) aesthete, esthete, aesthetic, esthetic. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...American English uses both variant spellings of each word, but the ae spellings predominate slightly in Edited English. See SPELLING



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Words using the digraphs ae and oe.
AMERICAN ENGLISH BRITISH ENGLISH

anemic, anaemic anaemic
aesthetic, esthetic aesthetic
archaeology, archeology archaeology
diarrhea diarrhoeia


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Words using the digraphs ae and oe.
AMERICAN ENGLISH BRITISH ENGLISH

anemic, anaemic anaemic
aesthetic, esthetic aesthetic
archaeology, archeology archaeology
diarrhea diarrhoeia
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RHELLER
United States
Local time: 08:44
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Summary of answers provided
5 +7aesthetic = BrE / esthetic = AmE
Nina Engberg
3 +5both are usedRHELLER


  

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1 min   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +5
both are used


Explanation:

1) aesthetic. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...1. Relating to the philosophy or theories of aesthetics. 2. Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: the aesthetic faculties. 3. Characterized by...

2) aesthetic or esthetic. Roget s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
...Showing good taste: artistic, tasteful, tasty. See STYLE....


3) aesthete, esthete, aesthetic, esthetic. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...American English uses both variant spellings of each word, but the ae spellings predominate slightly in Edited English. See SPELLING



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Note added at 2003-06-02 18:43:32 (GMT)
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Words using the digraphs ae and oe.
AMERICAN ENGLISH BRITISH ENGLISH

anemic, anaemic anaemic
aesthetic, esthetic aesthetic
archaeology, archeology archaeology
diarrhea diarrhoeia


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Note added at 2003-06-02 18:48:34 (GMT)
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Words using the digraphs ae and oe.
AMERICAN ENGLISH BRITISH ENGLISH

anemic, anaemic anaemic
aesthetic, esthetic aesthetic
archaeology, archeology archaeology
diarrhea diarrhoeia



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RHELLER
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Local time: 08:44
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1252

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kim Metzger: I guess you're right. But esthetic is generally frowned on.
3 mins
  -> thanks Kim

agree  J. Leo
17 mins
  -> thank you!

agree  Fuad Yahya: aesthetic and aesthetics predominate 10 to 1 over esthetic and esthetics in a Google search. Most uses of "esthetic" I have seen seem to realte to dentistry. I wonder why.
28 mins
  -> thank you Fuad!

agree  Edward L. Crosby III: Both are used, however aesthetic is by far the more common; "Esthetic" is probably a fairly recent mutation.
9 hrs
  -> thank you Edward!

agree  airmailrpl
15 hrs
  -> thank you!

neutral  CatG89: I agree that 'esthetic is probably just a simplified spelling, but it is definitely not very recent a change: in art philosophy at least it has been in use since the 30s. For example, in 'Art as Experience' by John Dewey from 1934
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2 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +7
aesthetic = BrE / esthetic = AmE


Explanation:
Americans thend to drop the 'a' in this and similar words.

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Webster\'s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary:

Definition:

\'esthetic\', a. 1. of esthetics 2. of beauty 3. sensitive to art and beauty; showing good taste; artistic.

Also spelled \'aesthetic\'

Nina Engberg
Local time: 08:44
Native speaker of: Swedish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Selcuk Akyuz
2 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Mario Marcolin: :-)
5 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Natalia Koltsova: Yes, I keep seeing 'esthetic' in 'American' texts and 'aesthetic' everywhere else :)
7 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  uparis: Agree. American spelling has been simplified - thank you, Mr. Roosevelt !
8 mins
  -> Amen!

agree  J. Leo
15 mins
  -> Thanks

agree  Kim Metzger: Columbia Guide to Standard American English: "American English uses both variant spellings of each word, but the ae spellings predominate slightly in Edited English."
19 mins
  -> Thanks, Kim.

agree  Sarah Ponting
11 hrs
  -> Thanks
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