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Why is there a "b" in doubt? - Gina Cooke

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Say the word "doubt" aloud. What is that "b" doing there? Does it have any purpose? Gina Cooke explains the long and winding history of "doubt" and why the spelling, though it seems random, is a wink to its storied past.

What is a word that you commonly misspell? Explain the meaning and history of the word. Does this help you understand how it should be spelled?

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  • Animator Andres Bernal
  • Artist Daniela Bernal
  • Director David Bernal
  • Educator Gina Cooke
  • Narrator Gina Cooke

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