staunch / stanch

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staunch / stanch

Post by Shelley » Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:50 pm

In the New York Daily News today, reprinted (?) from News Wire Services:
JERUSALEM -- UN aid groups are asking for a record $450 million to staunch a deepening Palestinian humanitarian crisis . . .
I think there is a mistake here. I think the word is supposed to be stanch -- to stop the flow of something (blood). Staunch is an adjective (?) describing loyal, strong support. Am I wrong? -- I could be misreading it.
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staunch / stanch

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:05 pm

Regarding the stopping of a flow of something, both 'stanch' and 'staunch' are interchangeable variants of the same word.

(Source: Chambers 20th C. Dictionary)
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staunch / stanch

Post by Shelley » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:20 pm

Thanks, Erik Kowal. When I got home, I checked my computer's dictionary (Oxford American), and it confirms the same. The computer's dictionary at work (Encarta) is not as comprehensive: it listed only one definition for each word, and did not indicate they were interchangeable.
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