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Why isn't doubt spelled <dout>?

Actually it used to be. We adopted it from the French douter "to doubt." And we spelled it without the <b> until the early 16th century. Then as part of the Renaissance interest in classical learning, it was respelled with a <b> to reflect its Latin origin, dubitare. Though the spelling changed, the pronunciation did not. At about the same time, a number of other words were respelled to reflect their Latin origins: Det, dette became debt, after Latin debita; sotil became subtle, after Latin subtilis; receite became receipt, after Medieval Latin recepta; enditen became indict, after Vulgar Latin *indictare. Again though the spelling changed, the pronunciation did not, which led to the base +dict being pronounce [dit] in indict, but the more regular [dikt] in contradict, predict, dictate, etc. (AES, 26.5.2).

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