Is 'aperature' a real word?

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  1. Steph

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    English is not my first language and I was wondering if 'aperature' was a real word. I cannot find it in my dictionnary and I thought it was spelt 'aperture' (which is in my dictionnary). Google returns many pages for 'aperature' but that does not mean the spelling is correct. Can anyone tell me for sure if the word exists or not? Thanks.


    PS: this is a genuine question, not a rant about poor spelling on TPF;)
     
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    To my knowledge it is not a real word.
     
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    I have never seen that spelling in any optical textbook, nor heard anybody pronounce the word with the extra a. I have often wondered why the extra a gets added.

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    people can't spell?
     
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    probably.

    I just wonder why it is mostly the native speakers who create words like aparature, aperature and the like.
     
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    An easy spelling mistake to make, they think the word is fancier than it is.
     
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    phonetic spelling = many people native to a language often spell a new/difficult word phonetically rather than correctly - further people are lazy with spell checkers '
     
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    but in the phonetics of aperture there is no a following the t.

    or do i have to assume that those who misspell it, also mispronounce it? probably ...
     
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    quite probable - accent will also have a part to play too (were I to type in phonetic local suffolk if would be a very diffenent way to the way I type now)

    (note I can't even speak proper local accent, its not really spoken much at all anyway - mostly conformist to the early BBC radio and TV pure upper class english ;))
     
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    I have been told I speak Glaswegian when very very drunk ... ;) ... but there are no reports regarding my spelling in that state.
     
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    Could just be the Brits...they're always adding extra letteurs. ;)
     

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