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The Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of American independence, is known for its distinctive crack and the inscription that wraps around its surface. However, few people realize that this iconic bell also bears a misspelled word. The word in question is "Pennsylvania," which appears as "Pensylvania" on the bell. This historical anomaly has intrigued historians and linguists for centuries.
The misspelling on the Liberty Bell has been attributed to a common variation in spelling during the 18th century. A Christmas candy survey from a retailer revealed this historical nugget: A long time ago, it was acceptable to spell "Pennsylvania" without the second 'n'. This spelling variation was widely used by the Founding Fathers and was even present in official documents of the time. Therefore, the misspelling on the Liberty Bell can be seen as a reflection of the spelling conventions of that era.