Fae Friday: Dilemma and Dilemna

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Dilemma and Dilemna

Have you ever known something as a fact and then found out with a fearsome shock that you are off the mark? And that thousands of other people are also off the mark about the same thing? That’s me and the word dilemma, which I learned in elementary school to spell dilemna.

Large groups of English speaking people over the world, not just Americans, also remember learning to spell the word as dilemna — “mna.” I haven’t found any old school chums in my boat, but then I’ve only asked two or three. It’s not an age thing, though. I recently mentioned the mystery to a 21 year old male, and he remembers learning to spell the word with “mna.”

To my astonishment there is a website focusing solely on the dilemna spelling of dilemma. Take a peek. It’s fascinating reading.

I discovered my conundrum while coming across a phenomenon called the Mandela Effect. Fiona Broome coined the term and studies the subject matter in depth. She has collected a massive amount of documentation about the mysterious occurrence. The Mandela Effect is when large groups of people remember something a certain way but it turns out to be the wrong way or not accepted as common reality. I won’t dwell on the Mandela Effect here, as we may discuss it in a later post. Spelling dilemma with “mna” is one example out of hundreds of examples of the phenomenon. It’s a thing.

Being blessed or cursed with an unquenchable curiosity, I am interested in quirky and unorthodox ideas that make me stop and wonder. Sometimes they even stir my soul. Some of them I have even experienced firsthand. There are so many oddities and unexplained occurrences in the world, and yet we consider as reality only what we see right in front of our eyes. We don’t look from side to side or 360 degrees around, and heaven forbid we should close our eyes and see! Our world is full of magic and miracles. 

I love string theory, time travel theory, and other cutting edge physics. Parallel dimensions and time travel form the basis of my series of Wytchfae books. Fringe theories are favorite haunting grounds of mine. I love the books of David Icke and Stuart Wilde. I love the movie The Matrix. Still, it’s one thing to study and read about subjects and another to experience the phenomenon in a close up, palpable way. You may enjoy reading about ghosts and aliens, but seeing or communicating with a ghost or alien might shake you up a bit.

That’s me and dilemna.

How do you spell it?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

6 thoughts on “Fae Friday: Dilemma and Dilemna

  1. Cathy Brockman

    great post. I still spell it dilemna my word corrects it to that LOl. now I am confused. I lloved the Matrix movies too. I am not sure if i would freak out over speaking to a ghost or Alien but I am an odd duck.

  2. Mae Clair

    Talking with a ghost or alien would CERTAINLY shake me up, LOL.
    I always spelled it dilemna too. I’ve never heard of the Mandela Effect but it sounds utterly fascinating. I can see that factoring into a plot somehow 🙂

    1. Flossie Benton Rogers Post author

      Wow, both you and Cathy also spell it dilemna. That’s totally awesome. Did we pop over to a different timeline or what? I’ll have a later post on some of the interesting possibilities, and also on the Mandela Effect. You are so right about it factoring into a plot heh heh.

  3. Michael

    I always spelled it dilemna as well. I have never spoke to a spirit but I had one whisper in my ear one night. That woke me up real quick. I also love the matrix. I Would to talk to a spirit or alien

    1. Flossie Benton Rogers Post author

      Thank you for letting me know you also spell it dilemna, Michael. This is exciting to me–to find other people I know with the same dilemna spelling. I hope the spirit told you something good.I can see how it would put you right awake. As for aliens, some say they are also among us. It’s an interesting subject. Thanks again for commenting.


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