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What is the difference between 'inquiry' and 'enquiry' -- apart from the spelling?

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@drbjork I have heard people say that in British English 'inquiry' is for a legal process, and 'enquiry' for just trying to find something out.

I found this which repeats that, but also says that some people treat them as variant spellings: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/inquiry

I think of them as variant spellings.

The philosophy journal uses an 'I': tandfonline.com/toc/sinq20/cur

@twsh @drbjork Oxford seems to think you say ‘police inquiry’ while Cambridge says ‘police enquiry’. This does not disabuse me of the notion that it's two spellings of one and the same word.

@tfb @drbjork I think that's fair. Except for 'public inquiry' which seems never to be written with an 'e', officially.

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