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  • Writer's pictureLindsey Griffith

Why does the word 'doubt' have a silent 'b'?

In many English-speaking (common law) jurisdictions, a crime must be proven 'beyond a reasonable doubt' for the defendant to be convicted. Why is 'doubt' spelled with a silent 'b'? Check out this video explaining the history of the spelling and how it informs the word's meaning.

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