Today, while writing an email, that little red line showed up under the word “advisor”.
I looked at it.
I looked at it some more.
Hmmmm, that looks right to me.
And then I started to doubt myself and subsequently forgot how to sepll htings ntirley.
So here’s what I found out:
Adviser and advisor are both accepted spellings of the noun meaning one who advises or counsels. There is no difference between them. But adviser, the older version, is listed as the primary spelling in most dictionaries, and it is about five times as common as advisor in current news publications from throughout the English-speaking world.
In the U.S. and Canada, advisor is commonly used in official job titles, but adviser is still generally preferred over advisor in North America, and advisor is only marginally more common in American and Canadian English than in other varieties of English.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or perhaps it’s because I pretty much only see the word used as an “official job title” but I’m all but certain that I’ve never seen it spelled “adviser”.
And they say it’s the more common spelling?
I’m going to go ask my walking 6-year old thesaurus.