The way I understand it, the Americans spellings were
the ones that were current in the 17th Century. It was only
after they left that we changed the spellings due to the
influence of the Hugenots.
Doesn't make them any more right, of course :)
Oh and, of course, most of the really good
swear words are almost unchanged since they were used by
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