I used the word ‘spelt’ in my last journal entry. Upon seeing my mother’s comment asking if spelt was a type of grain, I questioned whether ‘spelt’ was a real word at all.
According to Dictionary.com ‘spelt’ is, in fact, an acceptable past tense conjugation of the verb ‘to spell’ meaning ‘To constitute the letters of a word.’ However, “spelled” sounds like the better choice.
Upon further investigation I discovered the reason for my confusion. ‘Spelt’ is actually the British past tense of ‘to spell’ while ‘spelled’ is the American past tense. So, as surprising as it may seem, I was incorrect.
And to answer my mother’s question: Yes, spelt is also a hearty wheat grown in Europe.