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Why is there a N in RESTAURANT, but not in RESTAURATEUR?

Posted - May 8, 2023

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  • 3907
    Hello Stu:

    It depends on where you live..  The French word for a person who owns or runs a restaurant is restaurateur, with no n, and this is the spelling used most often in English especially in edited writing. Restauranteur, with an n, appears in English about once for every ten instances of restaurateur. But while this spelling is common and has a long history, many people consider it wrong.

    excon This post was edited by excon at May 9, 2023 4:34 PM MDT
      May 9, 2023 5:24 AM MDT
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  • 32676
      May 9, 2023 12:20 PM MDT
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  • 13257
    Exactly!
      May 9, 2023 1:15 PM MDT
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  • 16240
    Beat me to it! Tit for tat, Stu.
      May 9, 2023 8:59 PM MDT
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