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Spelted or spalted?

Postby Densgardens » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:04 pm

I have always thought the patterning in wood caused by fungus growth was referred to as spelted but have recently seen it referred to as spalted. So which is correct? Or are they alternatives?
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Re: Spelted or spalted?

Postby woodness sake » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:22 pm

Spelt is a type of hulled wheat grown in Europe with a nutty flavor and slightly less gluten than common bread wheat according to one on-line dictionary. The word also showed up as a vernacular for *spell* in some parts of the U. S. Spelting also refers to the fungal staining of all kinds of wood species. Spalt always indicates the fungal effect on wood. How's this for a non answer?
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Re: Spelted or spalted?

Postby ToneWood » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:25 pm

I've only come across spalted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spalting / http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... sh/spalted
"Spelted" might have come from an attempt to guess the derivation of spalted e.g. somebody may have thought that spalted was the past-tense of a word, and guessed at what the present tense of such a word might be & then derived back again from that. Alternatively perhaps somebody simply misheard it.

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