How do you spell mannequin?
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We've wondered about the spelling of mannequin or manikin for some time now. We researched this and created this webpage to share this information.
How to spell mannequin/manikin...?
How do you spell the word?
The answer is:
- if it's a medical dummy or artists tool then we use manikin
- it's for window display or it's clothing related then use mannequin
- if its a small figure of a human then use manikin
Mannequin or manikin stems etymologically from the Dutch word for "little man" - first recorded in 1570. Here is a Yahoo Answers discussion entitled "How do you spell 'mannequin'? (the plastic dolls they put clothes on...)?". Fashion Windows.com have a webpage discussing the spelling of mannequin. But, before you choose mannequin as the correct spelling - read on...
How to spell mannequin?
Mannequin spelling according to Google search results
Google spelling results comparison for mannequin/manikin - see Google Fight for mannequin/manikin
Mannequin spelling according to Wikipedia
Wikipedia offers the three alternate spellings as mannequin, manikin, or mannikin.
Mannequin at The Free Dictionary
The Free Dictionary, has an entry for manikin, mannikin, and mannequin. According to the free online spell checker at spellchecker.net, mannikin is a misspelling in Australia, UK, USA, and Canada. Mannequin and manikin are the correct spellings in all these countries: Australia, UK, USA, and Canada.
Mannequin/Manikin/Mannikin spelling in Microsoft Word (showing US English spelling) - same result for UK English. Note: The red underlining means incorrect spelling for non-word users - it doesn't indicate that this is the correct spelling!
Mannequin at Word Count
Word Count.org shows the most popular words in English ranked by commonness. WordCount data currently comes from the British National CorpusŪ, a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources. According to Word Count:
- Mannikin is at position 70005 in popularity out of 86800 words
- Manikin does not exist
- Mannequin is at position 53848
Now seriously, how do you REALLY spell it!
If it's a medical dummy or artists tool then we say use manikin. If it's for window display or it's clothing related then use mannequin. Avoid the double 'n' spelling of mannikin - as this is flagged by most spell checkers. All other spelling are dubious - unless referring to something else not mentioned on this page.