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May 13 2009   11:46AM GMT

Stanch or staunch?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
James Turnbull discusses three open source tools that can be used in conjunction to secure e-mail and ______ the flow of spam.
a. stanch
b. staunch

Answer: a

Explanation: Stanch means to stop a flow; staunch means unwavering in opinion or loyalty.

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  • SonHouse
    Surely some mistake? "Staunch", according to Encarta UK English is a "transitive and intransitive verb to stop the flow of a liquid, particularly blood, or be stopped from flowing." "Stanch" as an adjective means "unwavering" and as a verb, "the same as staunch".
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  • Jaeo
    I suspect this is a UK-US difference. I'll see if I can get to the bottom of it... Thanks for commenting.
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  • MrSecureT
    In verb form, either spelling is correct. "Stanch" is arguably preferred, but "staunch" is perfectly acceptable--again, when used as a verb. "Staunch" is the only acceptable spelling for the adjective.
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