– why is Triple spelled with one ‘P’ and not spelled Tripple – like Nipple?

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This has bothered me for years and pops into my head here and there. Whenever I see the word triple my brain says it like the word “tripe” (the stomach of a cow that people eat)

Am I missing some rule that is used when it comes to spelling? Why is it Nipple and not Niple

Why no Tripple?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Probably best not to think about double consonants too much, especially if you’re from Cincinnati.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Triple is spelled like that because it came from the French words “tri” and “plus.” Just one P in plus and it stuck.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Now that you mention it, why isn’t is spelled TRIPPPLE?

Anonymous 0 Comments

Don’t be fooled into thinking English spelling has *any* rules — it doesn’t^(1), that’s just something teachers tell young kids to help them learn to spell common words.

English spelling is entirely a product of its history. In the middle ages, there were general conventions for how to spell words, but nothing was standardized. With the invention of the printing press, all this non standard spelling became frozen in time. Spelling reflects both etymology and how words were pronounced in the 1400s and 1500s.

I’ve looked up the etymologies for the two words in question. *Nipple* seems to be germanic in origin, likely coming from the Old English word *neb*—which meant “the beak or bill of a bird”—where *neble* was the diminutive (read: cutesy) form. Since this was an Old English word, scribes simply would have written it roughly how it was pronounced, until the printing press froze the (edit: *most common*) spelling.

*Triple* comes from Latin *triplus* by way of Old French, and entered the language in the 1400s. Since it was a loan word, the spelling would have originally been similar to the French spelling. Since it entered the language in the 1400s, this spelling became frozen in time.

There are fun little quirks like this all throughout English.

^(1)Not entirely accurate, but close enough for the point I’m making

Anonymous 0 Comments

There’s no reason other than history. There’s a pattern for multiples: triple, quadruple, quintuple. But there are also words like couple, example, trample, steeple. Alongside of apple, grapple, popple, supple, etc.

For any particular word, basic etymologies can be found at [etymonline.com](https://etymonline.com). But I don’t think there’s any clear pattern. It’s just the accidents of history tht got frozen into “standard” spellings.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? I asked this question of the only English major I’ve ever met. Her answer? “Fuck you that’s why”

Anonymous 0 Comments

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Hell, why no Trippple?

Anonymous 0 Comments

Well I think we need to clarify one thing, “nipple” is only spelled with two “P”s when referring to humans as the number of “P”s matches the number of nip^(n)les the subject has. For example, when referring to cat nipppppples, the word has more “p”s to match their anatomy.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Am I the only now thinking of Total Recall?