Learn English – Why isn’t “lutherie” spelled “luthery”


It seems to me that most English words similar to lutherie (crafting stringed instruments) end in ‑y. That is, nouns for professions or activities that are used instead of gerunds with objects. (That is, lutherie is a noun, crafting is a gerund, stringed instruments is the object.) For example, forestry (managing forests) or archery (shooting arrows).

Why does lutherie end with ‑ie?

Best Answer

This is an interesting question Matthew Read. I looked up the etymologies, and this is what I got:

Lutherie: From French luthier, from luth (“lute”) , from Old French lut

Forestry:from O.Fr. foresterie, from forest.

Both of these came from French, but their spellings are different because "lutherie" is used much less than "forestry". You can't even find "lutherie" in dictionaries. However, "forestry" is used more frequently, and its spelling has been standardized.

Words that are used more have their spelling updated, while not so popular words remain archaic in spelling.