Hi, new user here, the thread I was following seems to have been closed, but for the sake of accuracy, the words 'Dispatch', and 'Despatch' are not a spelling variation of each other though that is a common usage. The original correct usage is that a 'Dispatch' is a message sent from one location to another, as in "The pony express sent a dispatch to you yesterday.", whereas 'Despatch' means to send something on it's way. That can be either figuratively, or literally, as in "The stage coach was despatched an hour ago", or "With his sword he rapidly despatched the beast". I imagine that the confusion of usage comes about because the two words are obviously very closely related, in fact they are the verb and noun of the same root. One is the object, one is the action. This is upheld in general by older dictionaries formulated before the general confusion of usage became widespread. Even today the Cambridge dictionary seems to suffer this confusion, although while dispatch is used as both noun, and verb, depending on country, despatch seems to more commonly be used only as a verb. It can also be seen in examples given in the Cambridge dictionary of UK idiom, that the UK uses dispatch generally as the noun only, and despatch as the verb. Please don't take this up with me, have a good read of some of the older dictionaries, and this quickly becomes fairly evident, although later American dictionaries struggle to identify the difference between the two, indicating that it's possible America never differentiated between the two words, or that America used the same word for both verb and noun, whereas it was differentiated in it's originating country.
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