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    Default Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    For my work I have to check menues of restaurants and today a came along the word 'smoothie'. Although I find the spelling of this drink both with ie and y, I am confused what the correct spelling is. Smoothie seems to be the right spelling, but why isn' t it one smoothy, two smoothies, as in hobby/hobbies?

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    Default Re: Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    Hi,

    Probably someone with a deeper knowledge (are you around, BobK? ) might be able to tell you.

    Online Etymology Dictionary
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    To me, the only apparent difference is that "smoothie" was coined/introduced much later, probably ignoring the "rules" that made up words like "hobby". However, as I said, I'm no expert.

    PS: note that the plural of "menu" is "menus", not "menues".
    Last edited by charliedeut; 17-Jul-2013 at 10:26. Reason: Added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    Honestly speaking? I don't think there is an etymological reason for the spelling of smoothie with an ie instead of a y. It just looks cool on menus.

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    Default Re: Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    I don't think there's any good reason for it. That's just how whoever coined the word decided to spell it. I don't think it looks particularly "cool" either way. It's just a word.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    I think that smoothie first entered the English language in the USA via Mexico, where a smoothie is a licuado, an extremely popular drink there. In translating licuado into English, the problem was that smoothy already had a quite different meaning in AmE.

    See for example Smoothy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    Thus smoothie had to be pressed into service.

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    Default Re: Why is it 'smoothie' and not 'smoothy'?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    In translating licuado into English, the problem was that smoothy already had a quite different meaning in AmE.
    It has the same meaning in BrE.

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