Is it Doughnut or Donut?

At Hancock International College, every Friday our ESL students help themselves to doughnuts in the break provided by the loving staff.

And in this joyous, weekly celebration we have realized one of the greatest conundrums of life – is it spelled doughnut or donut?

The delicious breakfast treat was originally spelled doughnut in 1809, and about a century later “donut” appeared but was not yet commonly used.

It was when the American doughnut company, Dunkin’ Donuts, was founded in 1950 that the use of donut gradually and considerably grew.

Doughnut is still the more popular spelling of the word, with donut only being used about a third of the time in American writing.

Enjoy your doughnuts today everyone!

Idiom of the Day

Every cloud has a silver lining

This means you should be optimistic even in the most difficult times because you will be led to better days.

Clark lost a good job at the local newspaper, but then be found a great job for a national magazine. You see, every cloud has a silver lining.

The storm kept me inside all weekend, but every cloud has a silver lining because I was able to clean my entire house for the first time in months.