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tr.v. re·spelled or re·spelt (-spĕlt′), re·spell·ing, re·spells
To spell again or in a new way, especially by using a phonetic alphabet.
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vb (tr)
1. (Linguistics) to spell again
2. (Linguistics) to alter the spelling of
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to spell again or anew, esp. using a different system of symbols.
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So while Electric can be respelt <elektrik>, kind can't become *<cind>.
Earlier in this essay we looked at some of the ways in which tough could be respelt. We shall now make this list exhaustive.
Two other authors from Usher's bookcase, Flud (correctly respelt as Fludd) and Swedenborg, make their appearance in Borges' pages: 'La muerte y la brujula' / 'Death and the Compass' mentions as being in one of its characters' possession an imaginary study of the real Fludd, Examen de la filosofia de Robert Fludd (An Examination of the Philosophy of Robert Fludd) (Borges 1971b), while in 1975 Borges published a preface to a selection from Swedenborg, including an extended discussion of Heaven and Hell (Borges 1998a).