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Author Topic: Bandanna or bandana?  (Read 2641 times)


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Bandanna or bandana?
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:40:03 AM »
I've seen both in puzzles and in literature; which is preferred?


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Re: Bandanna or bandana?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2015, 05:09:34 AM »
According to Webster's Unabridged, bandana is a variant of bandanna. In everyday usage, however, it appears bandana is more common (about twice as many hits on Google News, and spelled that way in Google bandanna, and you're likely to get "Did you mean bandana?". I believe this more common usage is due to the fact that bandana would be how you would spell it in Spanish, which is the first language for many Americans and probably the most common second language for native American English speakers. Odd, because it's not a Spanish word. Puzzle editors often allow common variants, so bandana would probably be accepted . . . but don't count on it.
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA


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Re: Bandanna or bandana?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2015, 07:07:32 PM »
In 1979, Merle Haggard got to #4 on the Billboard country chart with a song that he wrote and recorded. The title was Red Bandana and nobody dares argue with Haggard! I almost never see "bandana" spelled with two N's.


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