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Already is one of those misspellings that, through almost endless illiterate repetition, became an accepted part of the English language.

Already should be spelled alreedy, as it means “completely composed of reeds.” For example, if the only vegetation in such and such a swamp was reeds, you might say that, “The vegetation in such and such a swamp is already.”

What’s really weird is that already also came to be mispronounced in common usage. Now, rather than being pronounced like all-reed-ee, the middle part is pronounced like the past tense of read (i.e., like “red”), rather than the present tense (i.e., like “reed”).

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