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    #1

    Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Am I the only one left who thinks that in a recipe which calls for 4 spoons of anything, it must say 4 spoonsfull of salt/sugar/whatever?

    I read spoonfulls,bowlfulls, cupfulls etc. etc.

    My spellcheck on my computer marks spoonsfull as incorrect.

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    #2

    Re: Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Am I the only one left who thinks that in a recipe which calls for 4 spoons of anything, it must say 4 spoonsfull of salt/sugar/whatever?

    I read spoonfulls,bowlfulls, cupfulls etc. etc.

    My spellcheck on my computer marks spoonsfull as incorrect.
    "Spoonsfull" is correct, I bet your spellchecker is American.

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    Re: Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Spoonsfull" is correct, I bet your spellchecker is American.

    Of course, it's American.................. it also tells me that honour, labour, neighbour, etc. etc. are incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Of course, it's American.................. it also tells me that honour, labour, neighbour, etc. etc. are incorrect.
    How about 'gaol'?

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    Re: Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Am I the only one left who thinks that in a recipe which calls for 4 spoons of anything, it must say 4 spoonsfull of salt/sugar/whatever?

    I read spoonfulls,bowlfulls, cupfulls etc. etc.

    My spellcheck on my computer marks spoonsfull as incorrect.
    Over on this side of the pond we do tend to use spoonfuls more often than spoonsful. My dictionary tells me it is optional and my U.S. spellchecker tells me it is spoonful. Neither one offers me "spoonsfull."

    Once again, two great nations separated by a common language!

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    Re: Spoonsfull or spoonfulls?

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Over on this side of the pond we do tend to use spoonfuls more often than spoonsful. My dictionary tells me it is optional and my U.S. spellchecker tells me it is spoonful. Neither one offers me "spoonsfull."...
    So the spellchecker might just be objecting to the extra l.

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